Last updated on 03-17-2021
Help with a Specific Collection
Detailed help information is available for the following collections:
Examples of Content
Publications on govinfo include:
Legislative, Executive, and Judicial content:
- Bills and Statutes, congressional committee materials, and proceedings of Congress
- Presidential and regulatory materials
- Opinions from more than 100 U.S. courts
New content daily- Congressional Record, Federal Register, House and Senate Calendars
Multiple file formats- PDF documents, audio, photos, XML
Curated collections- Nancy Reagan tribute, documents related to the sinking of the Titanic
Digitized historical content- oldest dates back to 1793
High-profile publications- 9-11 Report, Post JFK Assassination Audio, Warren Commission Report and Hearings, Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Nixon’s Watergate Grand Jury Testimony, and landmark legislation: Civil Rights Act and Obamacare
Available file formats vary by collection and depend on what formats were provided to GPO by the content originator.
PDF - Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF)
Many publications available as PDF have been digitally signed and certified to assure users that the online documents are official and authentic. To verify GPO’s authenticated PDFs, it is recommended to open the file using Adobe Acrobat or Reader software.
- eXtensible Markup Language
XML is a machine-readable format often used by data consumers. XML is available for publications in select collections and for bulk download for select collections through GPO's Bulk Data Repository
EPUB - electronic publication
EPUB is a free and open standard for viewing eBooks. An EPUB reader or browser extension is required to view EPUB eBooks.
Other file formats available for select publications on govinfo include:
How is content organized?
The types of publications available on govinfo varies greatly, so the concept of a collection varies as well. For our purposes, a collection is a group of publications logically organized together.
Publications, or issues of publications, in some collections are broken down into smaller pieces (called granules) to improve access to relevant information. The full, publication or "book" level of these documents are called packages. Package and granule levels vary by collection and this distinction is made so you can search and download only the relevant portions of a document.
For example, one issue of the Federal Register is equivalent to a package. Each Federal Register issue consists of many documents that are equivalent to granules (for example, one Notice or one Final Rule might constitute a granule). This way if you're looking for just a single Notice, you can find and download the entire issue of the Federal Register that contains that notice, or you can search specifically for the Notice and download a PDF file that contains just that notice.
Browse pages and Document in Context
sections on Details pages allow you to view and access the available levels of a document.
What is the process for making Congressional committee materials available?
Congressional bills are usually made available as soon as the files are received from, and approved to be released by, Congress. Some Congressional reports, Congressional hearings, or Congressional documents are disseminated online. Others are made available in tangible (print) format only. The decision to make the report, document, or hearing available on this site is entirely at the Congressional committee's discretion. If you have questions about a particular publication, you may want to contact the responsible committee. They will know when and how content will be available. Otherwise, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) typically makes the information available as soon as it is received. The process leading up to distribution or electronic availability can be longer for some publications than others.
Where can I find statements, messages, remarks, and other presidential materials?
Presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials can be found in the following publications:
Compilation of Presidential Documents
- The Compilation of Presidential Documents is the official publication of presidential documents, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). As of January 29, 2009, the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents replaced the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, which first began in 1965 and is available online from 1993 to January 2009. The Daily Compilation is available from January 2009 forward.
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
- Contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. Currently, govinfo
contains the Public Papers for Presidents Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush, William Clinton, and George W. Bush. Currently, volumes are published approximately twice a year, and each volume covers approximately a 6-month period.
- The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Where can I find the Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for each state?
Issued by the Department of Labor, the Davis-Bacon Act, as amended, requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works shall contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract. Under the provisions of the Act, contractors or their subcontractors are to pay workers employed directly upon the site of the work no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits paid on projects of a similar character.
The Department of Labor maintains Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations at http://www.wdol.gov
. The site contains Frequently Asked Questions and a User Guide which may give you information to answer your question. If you do not find what you need there, there is a Help link available. The Help page provides instructions on where to direct specific questions and includes a web form for questions that do not fall into the categories described.
How can I purchase a hard copy of a publication?
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