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Guide on Government Printing Office's web site Web site for online official and authentic Government information from all three branches of the Federal Government

What is FDSys?

GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. It replaces GPO's legacy site, GPO Access. Through FDsys, you are able to:

  1. Search for documents and publications — FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.
  2. Browse for documents and publications — FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, date, and Government author. See complete list.
  3. Access metadata about documents and publications — FDsys provides information about Government publications in standard XML formats.
  4. Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats — With FDsys, users can download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file.

GPO's YouTube video describing FDSys

How is FDSys different from GPO Access?

FDsys offers key enhancements to GPO Access that allow users to:

  • Easily search across multiple Government publications.
  • Perform advanced searches against robust metadata about each publication.
  • Construct complex search queries.
  • Refine and narrow searches.
  • Retrieve individual Government documents and publications in seconds directly from each search result.
  • View more information about a publication and access multiple file formats for each search result.
  • Access metadata in standard XML formats.
  • Download content and metadata packaged together as a single ZIP file.
  • Browse FDsys alphabetically by collection, by Congressional committee, by date, and by Government author.
  • Utilize extensive help tools and tutorials.


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