Since the early 1990s, GPO ( Government Printing Office ) implemented GPO Access, a service that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. But development of new technologies and new demands necessitated the development of a new information management & distribution system for government information.
The new system, FDsys, Federal Digital System, has been in development for several years. This October, with the full migration of data and information from it's predecessor, FDsys comes off of Beta testing. The sunset of GPO Access is planned for the end of 2010. At that time, FDsys will assume the role as GPO's electronic system of record. The two systems will run in parallel through the end of the year.
"FDsys is a system that allows Federal content creators to easily create and submit content that can be preserved, authenticated, managed, and delivered upon request. As opposed to just being a content repository, it is a system that will continually be updated with new Federal content collections..."