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Government Information Locator Service (GILS): Hosting
The U.S. Government Printing Office can help you meet your GILS
mandate by making your Government Information Locator Service (GILS)
records available to the public through GPO Access. Our site
currently provides this service for 32 other Federal agencies, who have also
chosen to save time and money by allowing GPO to host their GILS records on
Cost | Forms
| Structure of Records | Format
of Records | Submitting Records
GPO will load your agency's GILS database on our WAIS server for a
one-time fee based on a cost of $93.00 per hour. The number of hours
required to create the database is dependent on the number of GILS records
you submit and the format in which they are received.
Cost for ongoing maintenance/storage and user support are paid by the
Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).
In order for GPO to begin work on creating your agency's GILS database,
you must submit a Printing
& Binding Requisition (SF-1) to GPO. This form is also available
from your agency's printing officer.
A Request for Reimbursable Services (GPO Form 3650) is also
required for ongoing maintenance and storage of your data. To obtain a copy
of Form 3650 contact: GPO Customer Contact Center at 866-512-1800, (Toll-free), 202-512-1800, (DC Metropolitan Area), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When creating your GILS records, follow the guidelines set forth in the GILS
GPO requests the following:
GILS records should be provided as ASCII text files, however it is
suggested that they be provided in both text and html formats. Save each
GILS record as a separate file. Use the same name for the GILS record in
both text and html format for example: GILS1.txt and GILS1.htm
(Note: If you want hot
links in your records, you must provide HTML files.)
If your records are currently in a different format or you have questions
regarding file creation please contact GPO Customer Contact Center at 866-512-1800, (Toll-free), 202-512-1800, (DC Metropolitan Area), or email@example.com.
GILS records may be sent on diskette(s) to the following address (Be
sure to include the above referenced completed forms):
Attn: GILS TEAM
732 N. Capitol St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20401
You may also submit your records via FTP or email. For information on
submitting via email and FTP contact: GPO Customer Contact Center at 866-512-1800, (Toll-free), 202-512-1800, (DC Metropolitan Area), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit updates to your GILS records, you may use the same methods
OMB Bulletin 95-01 initiated the creation of a Government Information
Locator Service (GILS). GILS is a way to identify, locate, and describe
publicly available Federal information resources, including electronic
information resources. GILS records identify public information resources
within the Federal Government, describe the information available in these
resources, and assist in obtaining the information. GILS is a decentralized
collection of agency-based information locators using network technology
and international standards to direct users to relevant information
resources within the Federal Government. For more policy information
relating to GILS see OMB
Circular A-130 and OMB