Government Printing Office financially in the black for FY 2011

Reductions in the number of employees and outstanding payments helped boost the Government Printing Office into positive financial territory for 2011 under outgoing Public Printer William Boarman.

The GPO earned $5.6 million in net income for the fiscal year, according to a statement Friday tied to the release of the agency’s annual report — the last under Boarman, whose nomination for continuing in his job was rejected by the Senate.

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Among the actions credited for the income are an employee buyout that resulted in a reduction of 330 positions, a taskforce responsible for collecting more than $12 million in outstanding payments owed by customer agencies, and a GPO survey of congressional offices that allowed them to opt out of receiving copies of documents, according to the statement.

“I truly believe our program of reducing costs while continuing to expand GPO’s critically important information services to the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as Federal agencies and the public, is working and showing real and measurable benefits,” wrote Boarman.  “GPO will continue following this path.”

No reason has yet been given for the Senate’s decision Saturday to reject Boarman’s nomination to continue on as public printer.
 “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 had been held up in the Senate for nearly two years. It was disclosed earlier this year that GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson (Ga.) and Orrin Hatch (Utah) had blocked the nomination because of disputes 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 him from consideration.

On Tuesday, Boarman appointed Davita Vance-Cooks as deputy public printer, the first woman to hold the position in the agency’s 150-year history. Vance-Cooks had previously served as the chief of staff to the public printer.

“I want to appoint a deputy; I have the right to do that under Title 44,” Boarman said 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."