"Her superlative leadership skills and extensive management experience over multiple mission-critical GPO operations uniquely qualify her for the position of Deputy Public Printer," he added.
"I am honored that she has accepted this appointment, and have full confidence in her abilities to continue carrying out GPO's historic mission of Keeping America Informed," said Boarman.
The twist: Vance-Cooks will become the first female to ever lead the agency. Boarman's departure apparently had a silver lining despite the impasse in Washington. She is also breaking another barrier as an African American holding the position. She has experience in both the private sector and the federal government.
The Government Printing Office and its 2,200 employees are responsible for printing and disseminating all official hardcopy and digital information about the U.S. government — including Congressional documents and U.S. passports. The department also oversees the Federal Digital System, an online portal that houses U.S. Court opinions, Congressional records, presidential documents, the U.S. Constitution, among dozens of other federal documents. In addition to printing, they also catalogue and index government materials for future use.
In dealing with waste, the agency has focused heavily in recent years on reducing the actual paper that the government uses. The GPO has attempted to move the federal government toward a more paperless environment that helps to reduce costs to the taxpayer. How it does that while still maintaining its mission as government "printer" remains to be seen.
During her time with the GPO, Vance-Cooks has taken lead on some key initiatives that continue to move the agency toward more digital-oriented services. As the most recent head of the publications and information sales unit, she led the GPO's partnership with Google to publish federal documents in an e-book format. She also helped to develop an award-winning government book blog.
In addition to those duties, Vance-Cooks also improved the GPO's call center and led the agency's retail bookstore.