Flat Budget Proposed for GPO; Agency Produced Super Bowl Credentials

WASHINGTON, DC—Feb. 7, 2012—Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks presented the fiscal year 2013 (FY2013)appropriations request for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) today before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations. GPO is requesting no increase over the level of funding the agency is receiving for the current year due to savings garnered from cost-cutting activities last year, as well as projected workload changes for FY2013.

GPO’s budget request also includes a significant shift in funding away from conventional printing and distribution toward digital systems. The current level of $126.2 million is a 6.6 percent reduction from the previous year and about a 15 percent reduction from fiscal year 2010. GPO’s funding level for FY2013 is provided through three separate accounts in the annual Legislative Branch Appropriations bill:

• The Congressional Printing and Binding Appropriation covers the cost of information products in digital and print formats that GPO produces for Congress. About 70 percent of this cost is for preparing the electronic files used for both digital access and printing. For FY2013, GPO is requesting $83.6 million, a decrease of about $7 million.

• The Salaries and Expenses Appropriation of the Superintendent of Documents primarily covers the cost of the Federal Depository Library Program, which works in partnership with 1,220 libraries nationwide to provide public access to Federal Government information. For FY2013, GPO is requesting $34.7 million, a decrease of about $300,000.

• The GPO Revolving Fund receives appropriated funds for specific technology investment and facility improvements. For FY2013, GPO is requesting $7.8 million. The request includes funding for the continued development of GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) to support increased online access to congressional and Federal agency information as well as other digital information technology improvements.

GPO achieved significant savings in last year by reducing unnecessary overhead expenses and conducting a buyout that helped reduce staffing by about 15 percent. As a result, GPO achieved positive net income of $5.6 million for the year. The agency, whose information production and dissemination operations have transitioned to digital technologies, is currently operating with its smallest workforce in more than a century.