A panel formed by the National Academy of Public Administration has concluded after a 10-month review that the Government Printing Office will continue to play a critical role in ensuring that the public has permanent access to authentic government information in the digital age.

NAPA said the GPO has made much progress in moving beyond simply a printing operation and has reduced costs significantly but must "make further business and operational changes," including upgrading "its strategic and human capital planning capabilities."

It calls on Congress to establish an inter-agency process to develop a government-wide digital information life-cycle management strategy. It also recommends that the GPO offer additional services that support digital information management, and calls on Congress and the GPO to look for new ways to fund the Federal Digital System while GPO continues to perform executive branch printing.

The full report is available at www.napawash.org.