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GPO celebrates 150-year milestone

Mar 4, 2011 12:00 AM

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The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is celebrating 150 years of producing and delivering government information for all three branches of the Federal Government and the public.  GPO opened its doors on March 4, 1861, the same day President Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office.

GPO today is the product of more than a generation of investment in digital production and dissemination technologies, an investment that has yielded improvements in productivity, capability, and savings of 66% on the cost of congressional printing alone.  Employing 2,200 staff, GPO provides online databases of federal documents; government publications available as e-Books; passports and smart cards with electronic chips carrying biometric data; and print products on sustainable substrates using vegetable oil based inks.

GPO's partnership with the printing industry is responsible for producing 75% of the government's needs.

"GPO is an agency that performs one of the most vital services for our country: keeping the public informed on the workings of our government. The agency's record of technological change in the service of our country is second to none in the federal government, and a great testament to the skill and dedication of our employees," says Public Printer Bill Boarman.