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Title 44: Public Printing & Documents

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In 1997, the US Senate Committee on Rules and Administration proposed revisions to Title 44 to:

  1. resolve the constitutional separation of powers issue;

  2. establish an effective compliance mechanism;

  3. ensure public access and protecting the Depository Library Program; and

  4. deal with new information technologies.

The Inter-Association Working Group on Government Information Policy (IAWG) was a cooperative team of representatives from seven major library associations that worked to enhance public access to government information through the revision of USC Title 44.

Unfortunately, this important piece of legislation never passed.

Library communities are still dealing with ways to make government information more accessible in an ever-changing environment. The following is action taken by ARL and others in regards to revising Title 44.