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October 21, 2015

GPO Goes Under Congressional Microscope

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Government Publishing Office faced congressional scrutiny Wednesday for its process for producing secure credentials for government agencies, and lawmakers appeared open to re-examining the agency’s statute.

“GPO certainly knows how to print, but do they have the capacity to innovate and provide reliably secure credentials?” House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked at a hearing. Full story

October 14, 2015

GPO to Digitize Every Federal Register Issue


(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Government Publishing Office is continuing its transition to digital technology, announcing Wednesday it plans to digitize 2 million pages of the federal register.

GPO employees will be working with the Library of Congress to digitize more than 14,500 issues of the register, which details the daily rules and notices of federal agencies, as well as presidential documents including executive orders. The GPO currently partners with the National Archives Office of the Federal Register to publish its digital archives, which include issues of the federal register dating back to 1994, but the new project will digitize every issue since 1936, and is expected to be completed in 2016. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 11:44 a.m.

August 31, 2015

GPO Touts ‘Historic Low’ of Discrimination Complaints

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Government Publishing Office is on track to report the lowest number of workplace discrimination complaints in nearly 20 years, the agency announced Monday.

The GPO, which is responsible for printing, publishing and preserving the federal government’s documents, said in a statement it is set to report a “historic low” eight formal equal employment opportunity complaints in 2015. That is a more than 50 percent decrease from 2014 and more than an 80 percent decrease from 2013.

“We think the decline is attributed to the fact that we’ve put a lot of emphasis on educating our employees, the whole workforce really,” Juanita Flores, who manages the GPO’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, said in a phone interview. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 11:41 a.m.

May 19, 2015

GPO’s Real Estate Firm Disputes Criticisms

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The global real estate firm tasked with crafting a plan to develop the Government Publishing Office’s parking lot is disputing an independent report claiming it mishandled lease negotiations with another government agency.

The GPO awarded CBRE a consulting services contract for the parking lot development last week, citing the firm’s experience with other federal government projects. But the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General found flaws in the firm’s lease negotiations and estimated the postal service could be overpaying $9.5 million a year for leases negotiated by the company. Full story

May 18, 2015

GPO Parking Lot Development Moves Forward

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Facing an ever-shrinking budget, the Government Publishing Office is moving forward with a plan to develop an employee parking lot for commercial real estate. But the real estate firm in charge of the plan faces questions about its management capabilities.

The GPO began requesting information about developing the space last July, and the legislative branch agency announced on May 14 it had awarded a consulting services contract to CBRE, a global real estate firm. Full story

April 15, 2015

Laurie Hall of GPO Works in Changing Environment

The GPO is moving toward more of a digital footprint. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The GPO is moving toward more of a digital footprint. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you hand a millennial an envelope of microfiche, chances are all you’ll get in return is a blank stare. That’s when Laurie Hall at the Government Publishing Office comes to the rescue.

Hall, who recently moved from her position as director of library technical services to be managing director of library services and content management, has worked at the GPO since 1985, and she has witnessed it undergo huge change as it converts to a more digital footing.

Full story

February 4, 2015

GPO Cuts Workforce to Lowest Levels in 100 Years

The GPO publishes the president's budget each year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The GPO publishes the president’s budget each year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The U.S. Government Publishing Office announced Wednesday it has achieved its goal of reducing its workforce, amounting to the lowest number of GPO employees in 100 years. But the GPO also said the reduction will not hamper the office’s functions.

“GPO continues to better position itself to respond to the 21st century digital information needs of Congress, federal agencies, and the public,” GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks said in a statement. “Reducing costs and improving efficiency … are ongoing GPO objectives.” Full story

December 10, 2014

GPO Name Change, Dome Restoration in Legislative Branch Funding

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.,  discusses the dome restoration project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoeven discusses the Dome restoration project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Legislative branch spending in the year-end spending bill includes a slight increase from fiscal 2014, allocating $4.3 billion to agencies and instituting a number of policy changes, including changing the name of the Government Printing Office and developing online sexual harassment training for staffers.

Under the bill, the GPO would be re-named the Government Publishing Office “to acknowledge that the information needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public have evolved beyond print.” GPO spokesman Gary Somerset said Wednesday the office is pleased with the change and hopes Congress will pass the bill. Full story

October 7, 2014

GPO First Legislative Agency to Move to the Cloud

The GPO produces all federal government documents (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The GPO produces all government documents (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The U.S. Government Printing Office became the first legislative branch agency to transition to “cloud” technology, announcing Tuesday that the agency’s email system will move to the cloud by January.

“Moving the agency’s email services to the cloud will simplify our IT infrastructure enabling us to use those resources more effectively,” GPO Chief Information Officer Chuck Riddle said in a statement.

Riddle told CQ Roll Call in a phone interview that the GPO has been planning to transition to the cloud for the past year and a half and data security was a key consideration. “Everything we do we obviously approach it from a security mindset first and foremost,” said Riddle. He noted the cloud was not public, but for government use only. Full story

By Bridget Bowman Posted at 3:50 p.m.

July 10, 2014

GPO Might Turn Employee Parking Lot Into Commercial Development

The Government Printing Office is exploring commercial development of a parking lot near its North Capitol Street headquarters. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Government Printing Office is exploring commercial development of a parking lot near its North Capitol Street headquarters. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In addition to plans to trim 100 workers from its ranks, the Government Printing Office is considering commercial development of an employee parking lot about a block west of Union Station.

The financially strapped agency on Thursday put out a request for information from commercial contractors concerning development of the GPO-owned parking lot on H Street Northwest. Bound by North Capitol Street and New Jersey Avenue, the 3.2-acre lot sits just north of the Massachusetts Avenue (NOMA) Business Improvement District and across from one of the District’s new Walmart stores.

According to the request posted on a General Services Administration site, the “GPO is seeking to better understand the available solutions and capabilities that industry can offer for commercial development of its Parking Lot, to include continued provision of parking space for GPO’s employees, which GPO might consider using in the near future.”

Except for two police checkpoint booths, paving and fencing, the lot is mainly barren. The information provided will be used for internal decision making for future actions by GPO.

The 152-year-old legislative branch agency, has been facing congressional pressure to transform its operations to cope with a changing information landscape and declining need for printed government documents. The parking lot development is the second initiative announced this month by Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks to improve efficiency.

Last week, GPO announced plans to seek permission from Congress and the Office of Personnel Management to offer buyouts in an effort to cut 100 employees from its 1,850-person workforce — a reduction of about 5 percent.

“GPO’s technology transformation as the Government’s publisher includes an effort to ensure we are getting the highest and best use of all our resources,” Vance-Cooks said in a statement on the request. “We look forward to the concepts and ideas that we will receive in response to this [request for information].”

By Hannah Hess Posted at 12:35 p.m.

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