Government Publications Sales and Distribution


To make U.S. Government publications available for purchase.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Government Printing Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and
Goods; Dissemination of Technical Information.
Program Accomplishments
GPO's Sales Program provides the public an opportunity to purchase copies of tangible Government publications. In fiscal year 2005, GPO sold over 2 million tangible products and processed over 186,000 orders.
44 U.S.C. 17.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The services of the Superintendent of Documents are available to all interested parties and there are no eligibility requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Not applicable.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The United States Government Printing Office, Information Dissemination Department (Superintendent of Documents), is an authorized sales agent for information published by the various departments and agencies of the Federal Government. Approximately 5,860 titles covering nearly every field of interest are available for purchase at nominal prices. If purchasers order 100 copies or more of one publication to be mailed to a single address, they will receive a 25 percent discount. Bookdealers, regardless of the quantity purchased, will be allowed a 25 percent discount when the publications, pamphlets, periodicals or subscription services are mailed, delivered, or forwarded to the dealer's normal place of business. No discounts are allowed when the publication, pamphlet, periodical, or subscription service is mailed to a third party (unless in quantities of 100 or more), or on those periodicals and subscription services which fall into a special pricing category as noted in, "U.S. Government Subscriptions" which is described below. Generally speaking, there are no restrictions on reprinting or quoting from U.S. Government Publications, as the code of laws of the United States provides that they cannot be copyrighted. However, Government publications occasionally contain copyrighted material which was used with permission of the copyright owner, and publication in a Government document does not authorize any use or appropriation of such copyright material without the consent of the owner. As the Government Printing Office serves merely as a printing and distribution agency for Government publications and has no jurisdiction over their content or subject matter, it is suggested that the originating department or agency or its successor be consulted prior to reprinting or quoting from any given publication. In those instances in which permission to reprint material from Government publications is granted, customary credit should be given to the Government Department which prepared the material. By law, every publication printed through the GPO, whether it is designated for sale or not, must be cataloged and indexed. The "Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications" is produced to fulfill this obligation. The approximately 5,860 titles sold by the Superintendent of Documents include about 358subscription services. These subscription items are listed in the Superintendent of Documents, "U. S. Government Subscriptions, " which is revised quarterly. All titles sold by GPO are listed in maybe browsed by subject at htt:// The Sales Product Catalog list the entire inventory. The Sales Product Catalog is on the Internet at: .
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Orders may be submitted to the Government Printing Office via the Internet, phone, fax, postal mail, or e-mail. Internet: Phone: DC Metro Area: (202) 512-1800 Toll-Free: (866) 512-1800, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am - 9:00pm EST Fax: (202) 512-2104 Mail: Superintendent of Documents P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954 E-Mail: When ordering, always include stock number, unit of issue, quantity, and price (if available). If the items is a subscription service, include the list ID as well.
Headquarters Office
Mail orders and inquiries should be addressed to: United States Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, 732 N. Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20402. Contact: Order Desk. Telephone: (toll free) (866) 512-1800 or DC area (202) 512-1800. Fax: (202) 512-2104, E Mail: or .
Website Address .
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Revolving Fund) FY 07 est to available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
GPO's U.S. Government Online Bookstore,, includes a searchable Sales Product Catalog, along with a Search by Topic function that provides access to approximately 160 subject-specific publications lists, a number of special collections of new and noteworthy publications in many fields, and other sales information. The Catalog of U.S. Government Publication,, provides an index to both print and electronic publications created by Federal agencies. When available, links are provided to the full text of these publications. Additionally, the Locate Libraries feature enables users to find libraries by state or area code that can make print publications available for their use. Coverage is January 1994- April 2005.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.