An Opportunity for the New Public Printer—Increase GPO Work for Private Sector Printers
Publick Printer. That's the title that founding father Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) gave to the job of coordinating printing for the then new United States government. He was the first "publick" printer, and he felt strongly—having been a printer himself—in establishing a single authority to ensure quality and fair pricing for the printing of federal government documents.
This led to the founding of the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) in 1813. Today, as then, GPO's role is to be the centralized printer and procurer of printing for the federal government including the Executive Office of the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, executive departments and independent agencies. Its core mission remains Keeping America Informed as it supports the work of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. As required by Title 44 of the U.S. Code, all federal agencies are to use GPO to procure their printing.
William Boarman, this country's 26th Public Printer, continues the legacy begun by Benjamin Franklin. And like Franklin, he is a practical printer by trade. Here is an excerpt from Boarman's bio: "For four decades, Bill Boarman has been a key participant in the partnership between labor and management in the American printing and publishing industry, where he gained extensive experience in fund management and turning organizations with deficit problems into profitable operations. Bill has been a trusted advisor to several Public Printers spanning the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter through George W. Bush, and as the result of bipartisan relationships with Members of Congress over the years he has been a spokesperson for the role GPO plays in our democracy. Employed by GPO as a printer more than 35 years ago, Bill returned to the U.S. Government Printing Office on Jan. 3, 2011, as the 26th Public Printer of the United States after being appointed to the position by President Barack Obama."