Regional Discard Policy

In 2015, the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) received approval from its congressional oversight committee, the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP), to implement the Superintendent of Documents Regional Discard public policy.

The discard policy states that if a regional has retained materials for seven years, the materials are available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys)/govinfo with a digital signature, and there are four tangible copies geographically distributed within the FDLP, they will be able to discard those materials, with permission of the Superintendent of Documents. Consult the policy, Government Publications Authorized for Discard by Regional Depository Libraries, for more details. Regional libraries interested in requesting to discard FDLP materials can:

Submit Discard Requests to GPO (Regional Discard Policy)

Timeline & Milestones

Basic Requirements to Discard for Regionals

  • Digital equivalent on FDsys/govinfo with Digital Signature
  • Held for 5 years
  • 4 tangible copies, geographically-dispersed via Preservation Stewards

Information on Preservation Stewards

For information on Preservation Stewards, visit our Partnerships page