Davita Vance-Cooks Becomes Acting Public Printer
WASHINGTON, DC—Jan. 3, 2012—Deputy Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks has become the Acting Public Printer for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and is the first woman to lead the agency. Vance-Cooks assumes her new role effective immediately, following the completion of Public Printer Bill Boarman’s term. She will serve as the GPO’s CEO and lead its 1,900 employees.
Vance-Cooks is a seasoned business executive with 30 years of experience in the private sector and federal government. She has held a succession of senior management positions at GPO for nearly eight years including: Chief of Staff, Managing Director of GPO’s Customer Services and Procurement business unit and Managing Director of Publication and Information Sales.
Before coming to GPO, Vance-Cooks was the senior vice-president of operations for NYLCare MidAtlantic Health Plan where, among other duties, she was responsible for a digital print work center for production of variable data printing products. She also served as the director of customer service and claims, director of membership and billing, and director of market research and product development for Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, as well as general manager of HTH Worldwide Insurance Services.
Vance-Cooks earned her Bachelors degree from Tufts University and her MBA from Columbia University.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as GPO’s Acting Public Printer and I look forward to continue working with GPO employees as we serve the needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public,” said Vance-Cooks. “I want to thank Bill Boarman for the opportunity to serve as his deputy and Chief of Staff. I have enjoyed working everyday, side-by-side with Bill as we reinvented GPO into the digital information platform it is today.”
“I have great confidence and trust in Davita and her ability to serve as the leader of GPO as the agency begins its 151st year if service to the Nation,” said Bill Boarman, the 26th Public Printer of the United States. “Davita’s institutional knowledge of GPO combined with her experience in the private sector makes her the ideal person to assume the position of Acting Public Printer.”
About the U.S. Government Printing Office
With 1,900 employees, GPO is the Federal Government’s primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO’s Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program.