Govinfo to Replace FDsys
|Since February 2016, the Government Publishing Office has been busy developing the beta version of the new and
improved source of official government documents, govinfo (www.govinfo.gov), in preparation for the day the
older and not-so-improved digital source for official versions of government publications begins its well-deserved
retirement (December 2018). |
|The govinfo website offers several improvements over the FDsys website to greatly enhance the user experience.
Govinfo provides users with an interface that is optimized for mobile devices so users no longer have to deal with
sizing and formatting issues when viewing documents on phones or tablets. The homepage allows visitors to
browse documents by title, category, date, committee, and author, and prominently displays recently released
documents. Govinfo also allows users to share documents directly to social media. In addition, the search feature
has been tweaked to provide more relevant results.
|Although these are welcome advances, perhaps the most revolutionary improvement is the related documents
feature, providing convenient links to other government documents that have a functional relationship to the
document being viewed without requiring separate searches.
|The new govinfo website provides easy, free public access to hundreds of thousands of official government
documents via a modern, mobile-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing interface.