Government Publishing Ofiice

In a recent blog, we discussed an extremely hot topic: tariffs. However, we are still nursing a blog hangover from that one. After all, you need a PhD in Economics to fully understand everything going on with tariffs these days, right? Well, while researching tariffs, the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO) website hit our radar (Click here).Government Publishing Ofiice

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)

Let’s face it, small business owners need help while encountering daily challenges. Especially when it comes to figuring out new government policy. As an American manufacturer trying to gain a clear understanding on tariffs certainly added to the list of challenges this year.

Additionally, researching government related issues and topics demand time and energy.

Therefore, discovering a website that provides helpful and timely information is priceless.

For example, the U.S. Government Publishing Office offers a wealth of helpful information for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Below includes a list of activities and responsibilities performed by the GPO:

  • Produce and distribute 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.

  • Provide for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and govinfo.

Operate distribution centers in Laurel, MD and Pueblo, CO that fulfill orders for Government publications.

Check out this great video (take note of the enormous amount of paper in front of each employee during the pre-computer age):

Mission of the U.S. Government Publishing Office

According to the U.S. Government Publishing Office, the mission goes as follows:

Keeping America Informed as the official, digital, and secure source for producing, preserving, and distributing official Federal Government publications and information products for Congress, Federal agencies, and the American public.

History of the U.S. Government Publishing Office

In addition, the history of the U.S. Government Publishing Office dates back nearly 160 years:

Created by Congress in June 1860, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) began operation on March 4, 1861 with 350 employees. Occupying the corner of North Capitol and H Streets from its inception, GPO continues to adopt the most efficient and cost-effective production methods of delivering authentic and secure government documents and products to the American public. 

U.S. Government Bookstore 

One of the many assets that the Government Publishing Office offers includes the U.S. Government Bookstore. The U.S. Government Bookstore delivers a wide selection of government publications with books based on agency, topic and collection.

First, you can browse books on the U.S. Government Bookstore website by “Topic”. For example, the extensive list of topics includes Budget & the Economy, Business & Finance, Laws & Regulations, Science & Technology and much more.

In addition, you can also browse the website by “Government Agency”. The website offers an extensive list of agencies such as Congress & Legislative Branch, Judicial Branch & Federal Courts and The White House & Executive Office of the President. Other agencies include federal government agencies such as Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Interior, Labor, Treasury and much more.

Consequently, you can browse under the topic “Collections” as well. This list includes: New Releases, Best Sellers, eBooks, Subscriptions & Magazines and much more.

Basically any government based periodical resides on the U.S. Government Bookstore.

Free Shipping 

The Government Bookstore also offers free shipping on all products. Click below for more details:

https://bookstore.gpo.gov/customer-service/usa-shipping

Government Book Talk Blog

While checking out the Government Publishing Office website, we also discovered the Government Book Talk blog.

In particular, Government Book Talk offers excellent articles and helpful information for business owners and entrepreneurs.

The goal of the GPO blog, Government Book Talk!, states the following:

 “…..to raise the profile of some of the best publications from the Federal Government, past and present.  We’ll be reviewing new and popular publications, providing information about new publications in the offing, and talking about some out-of-print classics. The goal is to spotlight the amazing variety of Government publications and their impact on ourselves and our world – and have fun while doing it.”

Hence, the Government Book Talk Blog offers a number of outstanding topics. The post that introduced our team to the Government Book Talk blog was of course based on tariffs. Check out this great post:

What are tariffs and why are they important to U.S. citizens?

In addition, the list below includes other interesting blog posts from Government Book Talk blog:

Wrapping It Up 

Thank you for reading our post on the Government Publishing Office and the Government Book Talk Blog.

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