On October 5, the White House, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), and the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) announced a breakthrough in making government information available and usable by the public. As part of a challenge from the Obama administration for federal agencies to create a more open and transparent government, the text of the Federal Register (2000-2009) is now available in XML (extensible markup language) and online in many federal government portals, which include:
With the official publishing formats now supplemented with XML, text can be manipulated in numerous ways with digital applications. The new format will allow for the development of applications to support specific user needs and interests.
Additional information about this change and its applications is available on the White House blog.
A press release is available from the National Archives & Records Administration.