Senators Perdue, Whitehouse Take Action To Cut Wasteful Spending & Modernize Federal Government

Introduce Bipartisan Bill To End Daily Printing Of Federal Register

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) are taking action to cut unnecessary spending and paper use in the United States Federal Government. Senators Perdue and Whitehouse today introduced the bipartisan Federal Register Modernization Act to prohibit the Government Printing Office (GPO) from automatically printing copies of the Federal Register, which is already available electronically, without charge for Members of Congress or any employee of the U.S. government. This will allow the federal government to better utilize technology, ease administrative burdens placed on agencies, and promote the Federal Register’s dedication to using digital platforms to better inform the public.

“Every single year, the United States federal government basically lights one million of taxpayers’ dollars on fire,” said Senator Perdue. “With a $22 trillion debt crisis, it’s ridiculous that we waste precious time and resources printing a 300-page book each day that will never be used. Our country is leading the world in technology advancement and internet connectivity, so it’s time for government agencies to get up-to-speed. This is a start, but Congress should use this commonsense approach to cut wasteful spending across the entire federal government.”

“There are lots of small, but meaningful ways the government can use technology to benefit our environment and reduce costs,” said Senator Whitehouse. “The Federal Register Modernization Act is a sensible, bipartisan bill to ensure that the public has access to the information in the Federal Register and eliminate outdated rules that burden federal agencies.”

More than 1,000 copies of the Federal Register are printed every business day, even though the document has been fully-accessible online since 1994. Each copy of the Federal Register averages 300 pages and costs $4.50 to produce and distribute, which amounts to around $1 million every year. The Federal Register compiles and organizes thousands of rules, regulations, executive orders, presidential documents, and notices generated by federal departments and agencies.

The Federal Register Modernization Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a nearly unanimous vote on March 12, 2019.