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Continuing the GPO Trust Relationship through Authentication

Presenter 1
Robin Haun-Mohamed
US Government Printing Office
Presenter 2
Gil Baldwin
US Government Printing Office
Presenter 3
Virginia Wiese
US Government Printing Office

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has kept America informed by producing and distributing Federal Government information products for more than 140 years. With the rise of digital access to content, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) has a mandate to ensure permanent public access to U.S. government published information. While GPO is involved in all aspects of data technology, including collection, communication, access and preservation, this presentation will focus on GPO’s state of the art authentication initiatives. Recognizing that confidentiality, data integrity, and non-repudiation are critical, GPO’s primary objective is to assure users that the information made available electronically is official and/or authentic and that trust relationships exist between all participants in electronic transactions. Through the application of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology, electronic documents will bear a digital signature of GPO’s authentication logo, identifying different levels of authentication and validating the document has not been altered. GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) is the advanced digital system and critical technology that will enable stewardship throughout the content lifecycle. The first live release of the system in late 2008 will establish the foundation for an OAIS preservation archive replacing GPO Access, the agency’s existing public access Web site.

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