Boarman Returns to GPO as Public Printer

WASHINGTON, DC—William J. “Bill” Boarman has been sworn in as the 26th Public Printer of the United States. President Obama announced his appointment on Dec. 29, 2010. Boarman will serve as CEO and lead more than 2,300 employees at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

“I am honored and humbled by the confidence the president has placed in me to lead this historic agency,” Boarman said. “This is a homecoming of sorts, as I began my career at GPO in the 1970s. For 150 years GPO has been serving the information needs of Congress, federal agencies and the public. I look forward to serving as Public Printer and working with GPO’s talented group of men and women in continuing and improving on that legacy of service.”

Boarman recently served as president of the Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the senior vice president of CWA. He has been associated with the printing industry, its labor relations and personnel management for more than 40 years, starting with his four-year apprenticeship at McArdle Printing here. In 1974, Boarman accepted an appointment as Printer to GPO.

In 1977, he took a leave of absence from GPO to serve in various elected posts within the International Typographical Union, which merged with CWA in 1987. Boarman has testified on GPO before Congress numerous times over the past 30 years. He also served three terms as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) and as the first-ever public member of the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities.

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