Senate committee endorses Vance-Cooks to head GPO

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The nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks to the position of Public Printer will be considered before the full Senate thanks to a unanimous July 24 vote by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. Vance-Cooks was nominated to the position on May 8, 2013 but has been serving as the Government Printing Office's acting public printer for more than 18 months.

During her time leading the agency, GPO completed fiscal 2012 with a positive net income and reduced overhead costs to 2008 levels. It also absorbed the effects of sequestration with minimal impact on mission, pioneered new mobile apps, expanded the scope of information made avail through the federal digital system and opened a secure credential site in response to the increased demand of secure cards, said Vance-Cooks during a June 12 hearing before the committee.

During the hearing Vance-Cooks emphasized the need to continue GPO's move toward more digital products, while at the same time preserving legacy programs.

"We definitely need Federal Depository Libraries. That is a guaranteed issue," said Vance-Cooks. "We need it because of the fact that not everyone is on digital, not everyone is on a digital platform and the libraries are needed to serve the underserved."

"I will admit that the FDLP is moving toward a digital platform. We need to help them manage the digital platform," she later added.

Beyond eBooks and on-demand printing services, Vance-Cooks told the committee that secure credentialing is a "very large market" for GPO that she hopes to continue expanding if confirmed. Given the changing products and services offered by GPO, Vance-Cooks suggested Government Publishing Office would be a more appropriate name for the agency.

If confirmed, Vance-Cooks will become the first woman and first African American to lead the GPO in its 152-year history.

For more:
- go to the hearing page (includes prepared testimony and archived webcast)

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