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Public Printer Proposes Dropping 'Printing' from GPO’s Name

December 6, 2013
While testifying before the Committee on House Administration on the future of the U.S. Government Printing Office, Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks discussed a small change to the agency’s name. Like many in-plants have done over the past decade, she proposed replacing the word "Printing" with "Publishing" to reflect GPO’s broadening menu of digital services to serve the information product needs of Congress, Federal agencies and the public. The name "Government Publishing Office," she argued, would make it clear that GPO handles more than just printing; the agency publishes government information digitally, and produces apps and ebooks.

"With more than 95 percent of government information being published digitally, the time has come for our name to reflect that," said Vance-Cooks. "We are the Government Publishing Office. GPO’s current name reflects a century and a half of proud tradition and history, but it is limiting. It doesn’t describe what we do anymore. GPO is the Nation’s Publisher and our future lies in providing government information to the American people in the forms and formats they want and need."

Vance-Cooks emphasized that GPO’s digital efforts support President Obama’s Roadmap for a Digital Government and the recommendations made by the National Academy of Public Administration following their study of GPO as requested by Congress. In transforming its business model from a print-centric to a content-centric publishing operation, GPO is focusing on managing content for customer and public use both today and in the future.

GPO will use its extensive experience and expertise with digital systems to provide both permanent public access to Government information in a variety of formats and the most efficient and effective means for printing when required, all within a secure setting that is responsive to the customer’s needs.


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