House Administration Committee Holds Hearing on the future of Government Printing Office
December 4, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) Today the Committee on House Administration held a hearing entitled “GPO in 2023: Keeping America Informed in a Post-Print World”. Committee Members heard testimony from Davita Vance-Cooks, who became the 27th Public Printer earlier this year.
Ms. Vance-Cooks’ testimony explained how the Government Printing Office (GPO) is “transforming from a print-centric to a content-centric publishing operation.” She went on to explain that the office should be renamed the Government Publishing Office to “fully reflect our expanded capabilities and to emphasize that we are not just an organization that prints ink on paper.” Ms. Vance-Cooks outlined the organization’s commitment to becoming fully rooted in a digital strategy consistent with the goals outlined in President Obama’s Roadmap for a Digital Government and the recommendations submitted by the National Academy of Public Administration.
Committee on House Administration Ranking Member, Robert Brady (D-PA), praised Ms. Vance-Cooks for the great “enthusiasm, experience, and skill” that she brings to the position.
The Government Printing Office (GPO) produces the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, U.S. Passports, and a wide variety of other publications. The agency provides free access to Government information products through Federal depository libraries nationwide as well as free online access via GPO’s Federal Digital System at www.fdsys.gov.