The Government Printing Office (GPO) is starting a project to make all the issues of the Federal Register digitally available to the public in 2016. GPO is working with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register to digitize almost 15,000 issues, or 2 million pages, of the publication.

Currently, GPO’s Federal Digital System provides access to the Federal Register from 1994 to the present. The Register was first published March 16, 1936. The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Oliver Potts, Director of the Federal Register, said that digitizing the books and making them available online would fill a critical gap in the official digital record.