Action Items to Implement a Digital FDLP

Work to implement a digital FDLP is ongoing at GPO. The table maps recommendations of the Task Force on a Digital FDLP to action items with status updates.

Action Status Notes
Develop a staffing plan to support implementation and change management within LSCM In Progress Internal consultations are ongoing.
Examine current workflows and processes and determine what needs to be transformed to create a primarily digital content and services organization In Progress Workflows and processes are being modified and developed for our all Public Information Programs. Interim workflows for FDLP distribution are in place as we transition to a new limited print distribution model.
Develop a strategic plan and service framework for the National Collection Service Areas In Progress NCSA meetings have been scheduled to discuss the new limited print distribution framework. Find your NCSA here.
Develop a comprehensive preservation plan for both tangible and digital resources of the National Collection of U.S. Government Public Information Planning Following project plan outlining requirements and scope, LSCM will solicit feedback from the FDLP community
Continue to seek and obtain feedback and comments on the next generation CGP Planning Process will include FDL focus groups on government information ecosystem
Foster program partnerships with depository libraries Planning We will investigate new outreach approaches to increase FDL particiation in partnerships and models for mentorship, building communitiies of practice and networking for FDLs
Develop and implement an outreach strategy for Federal agencies, and improve contact with agency publishers beyond receiving printing orders. Discussions about how best to distribute their information to the public will be part of this outreach. In Progress Initial outreach and high-level discussions have begun with several agency partners. The Congressionally Mandated Reports initiative provides a systematic approach to managing agency contact information. This will be leveraged to increase our outreach strategy.
Develop a multi-year strategy to secure and expand appropriations funding In Progress GPO staff have been working to maintain an open dialogue with internal and external stakeholders to convey needs and priorities and the funding required for both.
Develop flexible, custom metadata, which is needed for discovery and access, and investigate new options for delivery of metadata and bibliographic records In Progress LSCM staff are conducting an analysis of user needs for types and kinds of metadata and analyzing potential solutions and platforms to meet user needs. A beta test is underway to generate MARC records for House and Senate bills and resolutions from the metadata of the GovInfo Congressional Bills Collection.
Increase efforts to digitize, and ingest into GovInfo, at risk titles from the historical tangible collections in depository libraries In Progress Recently Completed Projects Ongoing Multi Year Projects
Add the holdings of regional depository libraries to the CGP Planning  
Maintain ISO 16363 Trustworthy Digital Repository recertification for GovInfo In Progress Completed 2024 surveillance audit and preparing for recertification process in 2025.
Develop a strategy and standard operating procedures for managing at-risk depository library collections In Progress  
Evaluate LSCM web harvesting activity, and recommend strategies to improve the capture of born digital Federal agency content In Progress Operational staffing changes are underway with planning for a broader evaluation. LSCM migrated over 49,000 monograph titles from the Permanent server to GovInfo.
Seek CoreTrustSeal certification for GovInfo In Progress Certification application has been submitted and is under review.
Investigate the print-on-demand landscape and provide options for delivery of this service In Progress White paper started. Consult with experts in the publishing, library, government documents, FDLP, and GPO communities; survey FDL community to investigate other alternatives to traditional selection, acquisition, and distribution
Explore and test non-print centric content for ingest into GovInfo In Progress Ex: eBook, Audio-Visual, Interactive Digital Objects, Datasets, Websites.

Audiovisual materials are now available in GovInfo.
Share records after conducting CGP bibliographic record comparisons with the catalogs of depository libraries In Progress Test sample set (UVA/CGP) being evaluated.  Share finding and develop next steps and approach for simliar actions.  Plan to include: develop and procure tools and processes to analyze, evaluate, and update records and specific metadata elements in records, especially access points
Conduct a collection and bibliographic assessment pilot to determine if user needs are met by the depository library collection On Hold  
Create a new division in the LSCM organization to manage the lifecycle of the National Collection's tangible publications, which is to include digital imaging and collection services to depository libraries On Hold  
Identify and prioritize the creation of new positions within LSCM while evaluating existing position vacancies Planning New positions are on hold due to budget restrictions, but key position analysis and staff training plans are in progress.
Explore the feasibility of implementing additional formats for downloading publications from GovInfo (ex: eBook formats) On Hold Pending the ingest of USLM (United States Legislative Markup) marked-up content and production use of XPub system.
Investigate how LSCM can better support the relocation of depository materials to Federal depository libraries In Progress  
Digitize the complete set of FDLP microfiche distributed to depositories from one of the silver-halide master collections. Planning Complicated by de-duplicating large serials already scanned, e.g. Federal Register.

LSCM is currently evaluating the status and feasibility of this project with the Library of Congress and the National Archives & Records Administration.
Conduct a study to determine the condition, holdings, and feasibility of the Superintendent of Documents' Public Documents Library serving as a collection of record for the National Collection Planning Preliminary assessment; further work on hold
Continue to provide opportunities that foster no-fee access to Federal Government information In Progress Continuing our support of efforts that increase broadband to underserved communities, GPO is hosting a webinar on May 8th with the FCC on the Affordable Connectivity Program which helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.
Explore public access requirements and consultation models with Depository Libraries Planning  
Develop a system to link to agency repository content via the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) rather than continue to catalog agency publications that reside in the agencies’ repositories. Planning Currently exploring this with first agency repository partner
Build on the GPO legislative proposals from 2022 to modernize the FDLP. Complete GPO sent updated proposals to Title 44 to Congress in March 2023