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The Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) is the official at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) with the responsibly for five major programs:

  1. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)
  2. Cataloging and Indexing Program
  3. By Law Program
  4. International Exchange Service (IES)
  5. GPO Sales Program

The Cataloging and Indexing Program

The Cataloging and Indexing Program is a “comprehensive index of public documents,” including “every document issued or published … not confidential in character.” This is derived from the statutory requirements for cataloging and indexing codified at 44 U.S.C. §§1710-1711 and 44 U.S.C. §4101(a).

The goal of the Cataloging and Indexing Program is to develop a comprehensive and authoritative national bibliography of U.S. Government publications to increase the visibility and use of Government information products, and to develop a premier destination for information searchers. The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) contains bibliographic records for U.S. Government publications generated by the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) since July 1976. Many of the records within the CGP contain direct links to publications available online. The catalog is updated daily with new and historical publication records, making the CGP the central point for locating new and historical Government publications.

Federal depository libraries interested in working with GPO to exchange cataloging records, work together to catalog older materials, or on other cataloging related project are encouraged to review the Cooperative Cataloging Guidelines and submit a partnership inquiry.