January 19, 2005
Removal of Gov Docs That Could Impact National or Homeland Security
My bad! Better late than never:
The Information Dissemination Policy Statement (ID 72) took effect on Jan. 10, 2005. It superseded SOD 72 (July, 22, 2002).
This policy statement governs official agency requests to withdraw, withhold or restrict access to information products or services available from the GPO Information Dissemination (ID) collection and distribution programs administrated by the Superintendent of Documents.
Maybe Hein should buy one copy of every gov doc so libraries could replensh their collections by buying from Hein after having removed docs per an official directive to do so. See below:
Excerpts from the Statement:
Causes for removal directive:
Problems warranting an Action include:
- production (printing, software, mastering, etc.) errors;
- content errors;
- presence of classified or sensitive material that could impact national or homeland security; or
- presence of strictly administrative or official-use only material distributed in error, unless subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
[ I'm just being paranoid, aren't I? The "content error" category doesn't open the door to rewritting history, does it? It's probably just me but whenever I hear the phrase "homeland security" my imagination conjures up images of circa 1935 Nazi Germany.]
This policy pertains to all U.S. Government information products and services subject to the jurisdiction of the Superintendent of Documents. However, the following limitations apply.
1). Under the Sales Program, products sold are no longer the property of the federal government and not subject to the same provisions. However, in cases of national security, GPO will work with publishing agencies to determine what actions, if any, may be feasible. (emphasis added)
2). Products disseminated through the International Exchange Service (IES) are distributed under international treaty. In such cases, ID will consult with the appropriate officials of the Library of Congress to jointly determine what actions, if any, may be feasible.
3). Emergency situations involving an information product impacting national security may arise. Such situations will be handled with the utmost expediency as determined by the Superintendent of Documents.
3). Depending upon the content of the publications, local representatives of some or all of the major library associations (American Library Association, American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Special Libraries Association, and Medical Libraries Association) will also be notified in order to assure support for the actions taken to the maximum extent possible. (emphasis added).
4). Depository Library Council members will also be given advance notice.
The Director, Library and Customer Relations Service ensures:
1). Copies of withdrawn tangible items are transferred to the National Collection of U. S. Government Publications and/or an equivalent collection of the National Archives and Records Administration to be held without public access until such time as the restriction is lifted. If (when) the restriction is lifted, the content will be returned to public access through the appropriate Information Dissemination collections or distribution programs.
2). Copies of electronic files withdrawn from GPO Access or the GPO electronic archive are maintained in the National Collection of U. S. Government Publications and/or an equivalent collection of the National Archives and Records Administration to be held without public access until such time as the restriction is lifted. If (when) the restriction is lifted, the content is returned to public access through the appropriate Information Dissemination collections or distribution programs.
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