New Edition of the GPO Style Manual

News January 12, 2017 - GPO releases the 31st edition, first revision since 2008


The 2016 edition of the GPO Style Manual is the first revision to be issued under GPO's new name, U.S. Government Publishing Office. Since 1894, the GPO Style Manual has served as a guide to the style and form of Federal Government printing and publishing. The Manual has come to be widely recognized by writers and editors both within and outside the Federal Government as an important editorial tool.

Besides a thorough revision throughout, new features in this edition include:

  • GPO’s most recent digital initiatives
  • Updates to foreign nation information
  • Updates to State demonyms
  • Treatment of words related to native entities recognized by the Federal Government
  • Clarification of punctuation rules
  • Updates to capitalization, abbreviations, and computer terms
  • Inclusion of many suggestions from users

About the GPO Style Manual

The GPO Style Manual is prepared under the authority of section 1105 of Title 44, U.S.C., which requires the Director to “determine the form and style” of Government printing. The Manual is prepared by the GPO Style Board, composed of proofreading, printing, and Government documents specialists from within GPO, where all major congressional as well as executive agency publications are produced.