Government Documents are official publications produced by U.S. Government agencies (materials such as guides, statistical data, books, congressional documents/reports, etc.), in any format (print, electronic, websites, microform). The Government Publishing Office (GPO) distributes these materials to designated libraries, Federal Depository Libraries, throughout the United States and its territories.
"The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. Every day the U.S. Government issues congressional bills, laws, regulations, presidential documents, studies, and more on a variety of topics. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government's information. The FDLP is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)."
The Notable Documents List originally compiled by the Notable Documents Committee of the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) in the early 1980s, was created to promote awareness of government publications. Since 1986, the list has been published in the May issue of Library Journal.
To review complete notable lists, please see the May 15th issues of Library Journal
A few examples are noted below:
2023 list - 50 Years of Solar System Exploration: Historical Perspectives
Edited by Linda Billings
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 2021
2019 list - Artificial Intelligence, China, Russia, and the Global Order: Technological, Political, Global, and Creative Perspectives
By Ahmed, Shazeda
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama : Air University Press, 2019
2007 list- National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Implementation Plan
Washington, D.C. : Homeland Security Council, 2007
1993 list - Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces: Report to the President, November 15, 1992
U.S., Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, 1992
1984 list – Integration of the Armed Forces 1940-1965
By Morris MacGregor
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 1981
♦ Search the U.S. Catalog of Government Publications to find many other full-text official publications from the three branches of government.
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