Friday, June 08, 2007

Authenticated Public and Private Laws for the 110th Congress

Announcement from GPO (5/29/2007):

Authenticated Public and Private Laws for the 110th Congress are now available on GPO Access as a searchable and browseable application in beta form at The Government Printing Office has had an objective of assuring users that the information made available by GPO is official and authentic and that trust relationships exist between all participants in electronic transactions. GPO is working to afford users further assurance that files electronically disseminated through GPO Access are unchanged since GPO authenticated them and provide security for and safeguard Federal Government publications that fall within scope of the Federal Depository Library Program.

The Public and Private Laws beta application provides authenticated Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files for the 110th Congress only. Public and private laws within this application contain digitally signed and certified PDF files that contain GPO's Seal of Authenticity. These files have been digitally signed and certified using Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology. GPO is using PKI and Digital Signature technologies to verify the authenticity of the electronic U.S.
Government documents that it disseminates through the FDLP. GPO's Seal of Authenticity notifies users that a document has not been altered since it was authenticated and disseminated by GPO.

Public and private laws are prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration. The database is updated when the publication of a slip law is authorized by OFR. Documents are available in ASCII text and as authenticated PDF files.

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