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President Obama to appoint Public Printer

Jan 4, 2011 12:00 AM


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President Obama has announced plans to appoint William J. Boarman as the nation's 26th Public Printer. Boarman will lead more than 2,300 employees at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

Prior Public Printer Bob Tapella recently announced his resignation as head of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Tapella led the 150-year-old agency for the last three years. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2007 to become the 25th Public Printer of the United States. Deputy Public Printer Paul Erickson is the Acting Public Printer in the interim.

“It has been a pleasure serving both President Obama and President Bush during the last eight years at GPO,” says Tapella. “I want to thank the hardworking men and women of GPO who have transformed an agency that opened in 1861 into a 21st century printing, digital media, secure credentialing and ISO 9001 premiere manufacturing organization. I believe the successful launch of FDsys positions GPO to meet the challenges of the Digital Age.”

Boarman recently served as president of the Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and as the senior vice president of CWA. He has been associated with the printing industry, its labor relations and personnel management for over 40 years starting with his four-year apprenticeship at McArdle Printing in Washington, DC, succeeding to Journeyman Printer (Practical Printer by Trade) in 1971.

In 1974, Boarman accepted an appointment as Printer to GPO. In 1977, Boarman took a leave of absence from GPO to serve in various elected posts within the International Typographical Union, which merged with CWA in 1987. He served as chairman of the CWA/ITU Negotiated Pension Plan, a multi-employer defined benefit pension plan with assets of $1 billion; president of the International Allied Printing Trades Assn.; and president of the Union Printers Home, a 122-bed skilled nursing facility in Colorado Springs, CO. Boarman served three terms as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) and as the first-ever public member of the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities.

The Public Printer serves as the CEO for the GPO. The agency provides printing, publishing, and digital media services to the three branches of the government. It is a near-billion-dollar government agency of 2,300 employees which operates like a business; while a portion of its funding comes from direct Congressional appropriation, the GPO produces revenue by providing products and services to other federal agencies and the American public.

In addition to publication sales, GPO makes government information available at no cost to the public through GPO's Federal Digital System and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program.