ARCHIVED: Special Program: A Sea Change in Access...Summary

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Revising Title 44 and the Role of the
Government Printing Office

This timely program was held on July 23, 1997 during AALL's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Change is in the air as the 105th Congress moves full steam ahead towards revising Title 44, the law that governs government procurement and printing, the Joint Committee on Printing, and the Federal Depository Library Program.

Bringing Title 44 into the electronic age means that the GPO's historic, centralized role is being questioned as more and more information is created and disseminated electronically by Congress, agencies, and the courts. AALL is a leader within the library community in affirming that any changes to the law must enhance, not diminish, public access to government information in all formats, and recognize both the benefits and challenges of electronic information.

AALL Washington Affairs Representative Robert Oakley moderated the lively discussion generated by the following panel of key agency officials representing all three branches of government:


  • Mr. Michael F. DiMario
    Public Printer, United States Government Printing Office;


  • Mr. Bruce McConnell
    Information Policy and Technology Branch, Office of Information
    and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget;


  • Mr. John P. Hehman
    Chief, Appellate Court and Circuit Administration Division
    Administrative Office of the United States Courts;


  • Dr. Lewis J. Bellardo
    Deputy Archivist of the United States.