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GGD-88-115FS: Published: Sep 20, 1988. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1988.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the implications of evolving public printing, publishing, and information dissemination technology on the future of the Government Printing Office (GPO) and public information functions of the federal government.

GAO conducted a questionnaire designed to collect: (1) information on the agencies' present information dissemination practices and plans for use of various new information dissemination technologies; (2) department and agency assessments of service provided by GPO and other federal information disseminators; (3) department and agency positions on information policy issues and information on the extent of some electronic dissemination practices; and (4) information on agency expenditures and information products. GAO received 114 responses from civilian Cabinet-level departments, 11 from the Department of Defense, and 48 from other agencies.

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