Department of Commerce

Use Digital maps in Federal Register

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Include digital picture format in a rule for publication in the Federal Register (FR). Presently, maps are submitted in digital format (JPEG or PNG), the Government Printing Office prints a hardcopy and 'takes a photograph' of the map. This process seems counter intuitive, and greatly degrades the quality of the information. An Example of this is in 50 CFR ยง 226.213, Critical habitat for Johnson's seagrass. It is difficult to determine what areas in the maps are critical habitat. To summarize, the text of the rule is submitted digitally, and the pictures of the maps are submitted digitally. It would be much more efficient and cost saving, as well as helping clarify the maps, to use the original digital version for the FR or CFR.

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Idea No. 2831