CBO: Bill to Discontinue Printed Federal Register Notices Would Save GPO $1M Annually

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The Congressional Budget Office has said a House bill that would bar the Government Publishing Office from producing free printed Federal Register copies could save GPO as much as $1 million per year.

According to a CBO report published Wednesday, the House’s Federal Register Printing Savings Act would not impact direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of four consecutive 10-year periods from 2028.

CBO noted that as many as 1,000 printed copies of the Federal Register, worth $4.50 each in production and distribution costs, are produced by GPO daily.

The H.R. 195 bill would allow GPO to print such document only upon request of a government employee or a member of Congress.

The 300-page Federal Register covers thousands of executive orders, notices, presidential documents, rules and regulations from federal departments and agencies.

CBO added the legislation does not contain intergovernmental or private-sector mandates defined under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

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