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Information Management: The National Technical Information Service's Dissemination of Technical Reports Needs Attention (GAO-14-781T) (July 23, 2014) (full-text).
The GAO was asked to provide a statement summarizing its November 2012 report (Information Management: National Technical Information Service’s Dissemination of Technical Reports Needs Congressional Attention) in which it examined (1) NTIS's operations; (2) the age of and demand for reports added to its repository; and (3) the extent to which these reports are readily available from other public sources. In preparing this statement, the GAO relied primarily on its previously published work as well as related updates on actions needed to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in the federal government.
In its 2012 report, the GAO suggested that Congress reassess the appropriateness and viability of the fee-based model under which NTIS operates to determine whether this model should be continued. While the Department of Commerce stated that it did not plan to propose any changes to NTIS's fee-based model, legislation recently introduced in Congress may provide a vehicle for reassessing this model.