WASHINGTON—The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is providing public access support for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as the agency releases for the first time the transcripts of President Richard Nixon’s Watergate grand jury testimony. GPO is hosting the content on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). In a cross-agency collaboration, NARA sought GPO’s services for its expertise in providing public access to electronic Federal Government content.
NARA is opening 26 files from its Records of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force collection including transcripts of President Nixon’s grand jury testimony of June 23-24, 1975. This is as a result of the July 29, 2011 order by Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Royce C. Lamberth that the transcript of Nixon’s testimony and the “Associated Materials” to that testimony be released to the public following the review of these documents for any information that must be redacted as required by law. This is the first time the public will have access to this historic collection.
The transcripts will be available on GPO’s Federal Digital System at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, November 10, 2011.
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“GPO has a 75 year relationship with NARA in providing the public with Government information and GPO is honored to work with NARA to host this historically important, never before seen collection on FDsys,” said Public Printer Bill Boarman. “By providing access to these transcripts, GPO and NARA continue to increase transparency on the workings of the Federal Government.”
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