Final Report to Congress on the Joint Resolution to Establish a National
Policy on Permanent Papers
This report to Congress is the last of three in which the Librarian
of Congress, Archivist of the United States, and the Public Printer summarize
the Federal Government's progress on implementing Public Law 101-423.
Much has been accomplished since the law was passed in October 1990,
particularly during the period 1994 through 1995. Highlights of these
achievements, discussed in detail in the following report, include:
- Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) specifications developed for 4
new permanent papers and 16 new alkaline papers;
- JCP issued Government Paper Specification Standards (No.
10), from which the 20 newly specified papers can be
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) issued NARA
Bulletin No. 95-7, "Procurement of Writing, Copying,
and Printing Papers for Federal Records," which provides
guidance to Federal agencies in the use of alkaline and permanent
- Library of Congress (LC) continues research to identify new
and improved methods for the artificial aging of paper;
- Research on the aging of lignin-containing
alkaline papers initiated in both the United
States (including LC and NARA) and Canada;
- New or revised standards for paper permanence issued by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the International Organization for Standards (ISO);
- Continued increase in U.S. production of alkaline paper; 99.9 percent of book papers procured through bulk purchase by the Government Printing Office (GPO) in 1995 were alkaline; and
- General Services Administration (GSA) provided papers for purchase that match the JCP specifications.
Submission of this report discharges responsibilities assigned to the Librarian of Congress, Archivist of the United States, and the Public Printer, as set forth in Pub. L. 101-423. However, since important work remains to be done, they have agreed to continue monitoring, on an ad hoc basis, progress in the implementation of the Government's permanent paper policy.
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