First female appointed deputy public printer of GPO

Just days after the Senate’s rejection of his nomination to retain his post as the head of the Government Printing Office, William Boarman has appointed a woman to the position of deputy public printer.
 
On Tuesday, the GPO announced that Davita Vance-Cooks, current chief of staff to the public printer, would step in as deputy public printer. Vance-Cooks will be the first woman to hold the leadership position in the agency’s 150-year history.

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“I want to appoint a deputy; I have the right to do that under Title 44,” Boarman told The Hill on Tuesday. “So she’ll be serving as deputy and if I do leave, there will be a real nice transition because under the law, the deputy automatically becomes the acting public printer. So GPO will have good effective leadership going forward; there won’t be any break in that.”
 
Vance-Cooks has held a series of senior management positions at the GPO for the past eight years. She plans to continue on with cost-cutting initiatives introduced during Boarman’s tenure at the helm.
 
“The biggest plan we have is that we will continue to work and pursue the strategic vision that [Boarman] set forth for us,” Vance-Cooks said. “The agency is in a really good place, we’re moving forward with very positive results.
 
“My primary goal is to make sure that we stay the course,” she added.
 
Boarman’s announcement comes after Saturday’s news that the Senate had rejected his nomination to continue on as public printer. No specific reason has been given for the Senate’s decision.
 
“I just think that at some point someone said, ‘We have an issue with him and we’re not letting him through,’ but they wouldn’t say what the issue was,” Boarman told The Hill on Sunday.
 
President Obama’s nomination of Boarman to the position had been held up in the Senate for nearly two years. It was disclosed earlier this year that Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) had blocked the nomination from consideration because of disputes stemming from separate issues relating to the National Labor Relations Board.
 
Hatch and Isakson recently removed their objections to Boarman’s nomination, but the Senate still sent his name back to the White House, removing Boarman from consideration.
 
Boarman’s recess appointment will end in the coming weeks, at the conclusion of the first session. He has agreed to stay on as a special assistant to the public printer for several months after the leadership transition.
 
“It will allow me to focus on maybe putting down on paper some issues that I feel need to be addressed that I didn’t have time in the busy schedule to do that,” he said. “And give [Vance-Cooks] whatever advice she might need from me.”