Budget Counsel Reference Directory

Government Publishing Office


The Government Publishing Office, formerly known as the Government Printing Office, is a Congressional support agency, and its primary task is to assist the legislative branch in its mission. Even so, the office has a far broader set of responsibilities:

In addition to its Congressional responsibilities, it prints and binds documents for the  Supreme Court and the Executive Branch (including  departments, agencies, and other Federal entities).

Its name was changed from Government Printing Office to Government Publishing Office by section 1301 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Pub. L. No. 113-235, Div. H, § 1301, 128 Stat. 2130, 2537).  The change took effect on December 17, 2014.

From GPO:

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. 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 our govinfo (https://www.govinfo.gov/), partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore.”

Main Page: Government Publishing Office

The Government Printing Office (Document Search)

Congressional Committee Publications (GPO)

Helpful GPO Links


§022. Government Accountability Office (GAO)


§024. Government-Sponsored Entities

[BCR §023]