Federal Information

GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, you are able to:

Search for documents and publications — FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.

Browse for documents and publications — FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, date, and Government author.

Access metadata about documents and publications — FDsys provides information about Government publications in standard XML formats.

Download documents and publications in multiple renditions or file formats — With FDsys, users can download a single file or download content and metadata packaged together in a compressed file. From GPO site.

The following is just a sample of the data available in FDsys:


Data source


Budget of the U.S. Government
Code of Federal Regulations
Compilation of Presidential Documents
Congressional Bills
103rd Congress (1993) on
Congressional Documents
99th Congress (1985) on
Congressional Hearings
99th Congress (1985) on
Congressional Record
Congressional Reports
104th Congress (1995) on
Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
Economic Indicators
Federal Register
History of Bills 1983-on
Public and Private Laws
104th Congress (1995) on
United States Code
United States Courts Opinions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States.

MetaLib provides access to about 53 unique databases from the Federal Government. An Advanced or Expert search groups the databases into 14 areas: General Resources, Environment, GPO Resources, Health & Safety, Agriculture, History, Business & Economics, Politics & Law, Catalogs, Recreation, Travel & Transportation, Defense & Military, Reference, Education, Science & Technology. Results from searches can be saved into several bibliographic management programs (e.g. RefWorks).



USA.gov is the public’s gateway to Government Information. It provides links to many things that can be done online (register your vehicle, find the cheapest gas in your area, find child care, buy stamps, etc.). It also allows you to explore useful government information such as grants & benefits consumer protection, health, nutrition, etc. You can find your legislators or governors with an interactive map and a great deal more.



The homepage for the U.S. Department of State. This page has a great deal of policy information an dreports on human rights, countries and a great deal more. Of note is a collection of Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS Reports).