Federal agencies now required by law to submit congressionally mandated reports to U.S. Government Publishing Office; Office of Management and Budget issues guidance, outlining instructions and deadlines for compliance with mandate

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WASHINGTON, DC , June 22, 2023 (press release) –

Federal agencies are now required by law to submit congressionally mandated reports to the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) by the end of the year. Today, GPO and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo providing guidance to Federal agencies. The memo outlines instructions and deadlines for compliance with this mandate, including information about reports that are exempt from submission to GPO. The reports will be published and made available to the public on GPO’s online system, GovInfo (https://www.govinfo.gov/). When fully deployed, this will be the first time congressionally mandated reports will be accessible to the public in one place. Under this new requirement, agencies will also continue to submit printed, signed copies of mandated reports to Congressional committees and subcommittees.

Link to memo: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/M-23-17-Access-to-Congressionally-Mandated-Reports-Act-Implementation-Guidance.pdf

“GPO is the best place to come for U.S. Government information and making these reports from Federal agencies available to the public to access in one place for the first time ever is an important step forward,” said GPO Director Hugh Nathanial Halpern. “This guidance will help Federal agencies prepare for their role in cultivating an America Informed.”

Federal Agency responsibilities include:

  • Designating a point of contact for report submission and registering for a GPO submission portal account beginning October 1, 2023;
  • Submitting reports to the GPO portal beginning October 16, 2023;
  • Continuing with existing process for submitting congressionally mandated reports to Congress, committees, or subcommittees; and
  • Withholding from the GPO submission portal any information that is exempt from public disclosure in accordance with applicable law.

All resources related to congressionally mandated reports for Federal agencies can be found at https://www.gpo.gov/congressionally-mandated-reports.

Public Law 117-263, James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, sections 7241-7248, “Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act”: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/PLAW-117publ263/pdf/PLAW- 117publ263.pdf#page=1283

About GPO
GPO is the Federal Government’s resource for publishing trusted information for the Federal Government to the American people. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through www.govinfo.gov and partnerships with approximately 1,100 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.

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