Rye, NY (PressExposure) February 22, 2012 -- It's going to take a lot of printer paper to download and print the latest app for mobile devices that's coming from US government headquarters. On Monday, February 13, the Obama Administration released its traditionally published fiscal budget for 2013. At 11:15 AM White House time that same day, the budget was made available for electronic download to Androids, BlackBerrys, iPhones, and other smart mobile devices. This geek-friendly form of government is an historical first.
Davita Vance-Cooks, acting public printer, says, "You'd be surprised how much public interest there is in the budget." Vance-Cooks' printing company is responsible for printing all paper copies of the 2,000+ pages of the 2013 budget. The hard-copy budget comes in four volumes and costs $218. According to the Government Printing Office (GPO), about 2,500 copies of the federal budget have sold in the past few years, a number much lower than usual. The federal government has been printing its annual budget each year since the early 1920s.
No matter what type printer you use or what type paper it uses - be it laser printer paper, dot matrix paper, ink-jet computer paper, or what - be sure to have plenty of it on hand if printing from a downloaded budget app is planned. It will take at least four reams of computer paper to print the entire works.
The mobile app of the 2013 fiscal budget contains the president's budget message, which takes 216 pages to print. Also included as part of the president's message are his priorities and overviews of the spending plans approved for each of the federal government's departments.
The remainder of the budget, both the printed version and the mobile app version, contains the budget itself, historical tables, "Analytical Perspectives," and appendices. Downloads are available online at the digital data systems center for the US government.
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