GPO to Give Access to 5,000 Coastal Dcouments

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is providing permanent public access to the Coastal Zone Information Collection (CZIC) through the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. In collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, GPO is providing digital access to more than 5,000 coastal related documents. The collection provides nearly 30 years of data and information crucial to the understanding of U.S. coastal management and NOAA’s mission to sustain healthy coasts. NOAA sought GPO’s preservation repository services on FDsys after planning to discontinue public access to the collection. 

"GPO is delighted to partner with NOAA Coastal Services Center to provide permanent public access to the valuable digital Coastal Zone Information Collection,” said GPO’s Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish. “GPO encourages Federal agencies to take advantage of FDsys’ preservation repository capabilities as a way to ensure longevity and provide the public with permanent access to their Federal documents.”

"This collection represents an important historical overview of our nation's coastal zone management policies," says Donna McCaskill, communications manager for the NOAA Coastal Services Center. "GPO's Federal Digital System allows us to provide this information to a broader audience we otherwise wouldn't have been able to reach."

With 2,200 employees, GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in digital and tangible forms. 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--in both electronic and print formats--of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies.

In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO’s Federal Digital System ( and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit