May 28, 2022

Gov Docs: Public Printer Discusses Changing the GPO’s Name During Congressional Hearing

Public Printer of the United States Davita Vance-Cooks hopes to change the name but not the GPO initials.

Vance-Cooks would like to change the name of the organization from Government Printing Office to Government Publishing Office.

She testified about a name change and other GPO issues earlier today during a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on House Administration.

More in this GPO release:

 The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks testified before the Committee on House Administration on the topic: GPO in 2023: Keeping America Informed in a Post-Print World. Vance-Cooks discussed changing the agency’s name from the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office to reflect GPO’s broadening menu of digitally-based services to serve the information product needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public.

“With more than 95 percent of Government information being published digitally, the time has come for our name to reflect that.  We are the Government Publishing Office,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks.   “GPO’s current name reflects a century and a half of proud tradition and history, but it is limiting.  It doesn’t describe what we do anymore.  GPO is the Nation’s Publisher and our future lies in providing Government information to the American people in the forms and formats they want and need.  This is what the Academy’s report has endorsed, and it is what I hope to achieve soon.”

You can watch the complete hearing below.
The video begins at 16:54 in the stream.

A video of the complete hearing along with a keyword searchable transcript is also available via the C-SPAN Video Library.


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