FDLP Modernization Act of 2018
Last month, a bipartisan bill was introduced to reaffirm the importance of free government information, as well as adopt new language to address the shift to more digital information content. The Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper introduced H.R. 5305, titled the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018: “a bill to amend title 44, United States Code, to ensure the availability of no-fee public access to government information, to reform the Federal Depository Library Program, to authorize the activities of the Superintendent of Documents, and for other purposes.” The bill has bipartisan support within the committee, as well as the support of U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO).
The Indiana State Library is a part of FDLP, serving as the Regional Depository for the state. ISL will continue to preserve and promote the access of free government information to all. The FDLP Modernization Act is still awaiting vote, but anyone interested in the bill’s progress (or any current legislation) can visit Congress.gov to check its status. GPO created an infographic to help better understand the act.