United States Government Publications

United States Government Publications
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United States Government Publications accessed digitally – from various sources. Most, if not all, are downloadable.


Ted(Admin) recommends you use GovInfo as your first search for ‘general’ documents. Chances are, you will not need to explore other sites. However in the off chance you don’t find what you are looking for on GovInfo, more options are included.

GovInfo is set to replace the Federal Digital System(FDSYS). For now it is in beta. The site encourages feed back! This comes as a relief since the GPO and FDSYS sites can be a little daunting. GovInfo is more intuitive and user friendly. It also has developer information.

The GPO site also has a beta version.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

The CGP is the finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive information for historical and current publications as well as direct links to the full document, when available.” – CGP’s site front page.

Even though this site offers searching and not the actual documents, I felt the need to include it. Sometimes the documents are easier to find when you, well, know what they are. Consider this a supplement to other sources. Even googling for documents is easier when you know the terms/numbers to search for.

Search for Congress, Senate, and House documents. CGP is also a part of GOP. There is a Historic Shelf list section that Searches for Government documents as far back as 1800!

Also, this site does offers a search for Electronic Titles & Government ebooks – it is safe to say that most of these items will have direct links to the actual document. If you are looking for the most recent Government Publications, to keep update to date, then you can view CGP’s ‘New Titles’ Section.

Further Information on GPO

‘Keeping America Informed’ – GPO Motto

The United States Government Publishing Office(GPO). The mission of the GPO, found in the GPO’s sites about section – “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government.

More Resources

A Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation – The Library of Congress: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates.

Consumer Action Handbook: Download pdf.

Copyright Law of the United States: This site also offers related forms, circulars, and regulations.

Manuscript Reading Room: This site does not exclusively offer government documents. Some of the things you will find: Presidential Papers; Government Officials papers; and organization records. The non-government items are very interesting as well, so check them out!

Office of the Law Revision Counsel – United States Code: OLRC. “The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives.” – OLRC’s main Page. You can view the laws and their changes online or download them.

Supreme Court of the United States: Documents include: Filing & Rules; Oral Arguments; Case Documents; and Speeches.

As with all Viaology posts, this is cumulative.  All new additions for the site can be found in the Updates Section. If you find any mistakes, broken links, or want to suggest stuff – Contact Ted 😀