May 28, 2022

Washington Post: “Government Printing Office Has New Strategies to Keep Presses Rolling”

Note: We shared the just released GPO Strategic Plan 2013-2017 mentioned in the following Washington Post article earlier this week.

From The Washington Post:

In an era when 97 percent of federal documents are now created electronically, people ask why the printing office still exists. Politicians are calling for smaller government, and some have sponsored legislation ordering that printed copies of congressional bills and resolutions cease. House Republicans tried last year to slash the agency’s budget by more than 20 percent.

Evidence of its obsolescence is mounting. The Federal Register and Congressional Record, GPO’s signature publications, have plummeted to 2,500 copies from a 30,000-copy run two decades ago. In that time conventional government printing has shrunk by half. At 1,900 employees, one of the last blue-collar strongholds in a white-collar bureaucracy is at its lowest point.

The printing office’s leader has a salve for this decline: rebranding.

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