By Emily Feltren
Today, the House Appropriations Committee favorably reported its Fiscal Year 2015 Legislative Branch bill, which includes funding for the Government Printing Office (GPO) and Library of Congress. Given the continued fiscal constraints facing appropriators, the two agencies fared reasonably well this year.
The bill provides GPO with $122,584,000, an amount $3.3 million above the FY 2014 level but $6.3 million below the request. Most notably, the bill meets GPO’s request for the Revolving Fund, providing $11,348,000 for development of FDsys, replacement of the Composition System, and much-needed facilities repairs.
Government Printing Office (Amounts in thousands of dollars)
Printing and Binding
|Salaries and Expenses||Revolving Fund||Total|
|FY2015 House Bill||79,736||31,500||11,348||122,584|
The bill provides the Library of Congress with $594,952,000, a remarkable $16 million above the FY 2014 level and $1.9 million above the request. Importantly, the Draft Committee Report emphasizes the need to address the preservation challenges facing the Library. The bill includes funding for the Preservation Directorate, including support for mass deacidification. The bill also provides additional funding for the purchase of law books and for the Copyright Office to improve its technologies. It also directs the Government Accountability Office to review the steps the Library has taken to manage its information technology.
Library of Congress (Amounts in thousands of dollars)
|Salaries and Expenses||Copyright Office||Books for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped
|FY2015 House Bill||417,707||20,721||50,429||594,952|
AALL thanks the House Appropriations Committee for addressing many of the funding priorities of GPO and the Library, several of which we highlighted in our written testimony. We will continue to support as close to full funding as possible for GPO and the Library as the appropriations process proceeds in the House and Senate.