Federal Government Shutdown

As of the close of business today (5:30 pm EST), the GPO was not notified that the U.S. Congress had passed Federal Government appropriations to operate the Government beyond January 19, 2018. As such, like all Federal agencies, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is shut down as of midnight, January 19, 2018. As of this time, GPO employees can only work on activities directly related to the legislative process, and on activities for an orderly shutdown and to protect property and assets. In light of the shutdown, the following are updates on the statuses of GPO services.

  • No boxes or envelopes will be sent to depository libraries as of January 22, 2018. No claims will be processed. Depositories may still receive shipments that were mailed before the shutdown.
  • Inquiries may be submitted to the askGPO system, but they will not be answered by GPO staff until the Government reopens.
  • The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) will be available for searching but will not be updated until the Government reopens. GPO cannot ensure that all PURLs pointing to other Federal agency resources will work during this time, nor can GPO staff fix broken PURLs during this time.
  • gpo,gov, FDLP.gov, and Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government, will not be updated until the Government reopens. Forms will remain active on these websites, but GPO staff will not respond to these requests until the Government reopens.
  • No FDLP Academy webinars will be held, but the webinar archive will remain accessible. If a webinar is scheduled during the shutdown, registrants will be contacted with a reschedule date once the Government reopens.
  • GPO’s FDsys/govinfo will continue to process and post Congressional materials.
  • Federal Register services on FDsys/govinfo will be limited to documents that protect life and property.
  • GPO’s U.S. Government Online Bookstore will be available for searching and placing orders, but orders will not be fulfilled.

As a reminder, libraries in the FDLP should continue to serve patrons requesting U.S. Government information. The FDLP community is a network of Government information professionals who have a long tradition of pulling together to make Government information accessible. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to working with you again once the Federal Government reopens.

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