GPO Names John Crawford Managing Director of Plant Operations

John Crawford is the new managing director of plant operations of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

WASHINGTON, DC—March 11, 2014—The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) names John Crawford as Managing Director of Plant Operations. In this position, Crawford is responsible for leading a manufacturing and technology business unit comprised of Production, Operations Support, and Quality Control and Inventory Management. Crawford has served as Production Manager since 2007 where he has been responsible for overseeing the production of Presidential Inauguration materials, the President’s Budget, The Congressional Record, The Federal Register, and legislative bills, hearings and reports. Throughout his years of service, Crawford has worked on secure projects, including the implementation of the electronic passport, and contributed to the agency’s transition into the digital age.

“John’s experience and institutional knowledge of GPO is an asset in his new role as Managing Director of Plant Operations,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “John has played a leading role over the years in embracing change and implementing GPO’s digital transformation from a print-centric to a content-centric agency.”

Crawford started in the printing trade in 1958 and joined GPO in 1966 as a journeyperson bookbinder where one of his first jobs in the late 1960s was producing secure test forms for the U.S. Air Force. He was promoted to his first management position in 1972 and was responsible for coordinating and overseeing the production of President Nixon’s inaugural materials. In the 1980s, Crawford led the team to automate the passport binding process, which was previously done by hand. As technology has advanced and GPO’s workforce has decreased, Crawford has worked with GPO management to combine and reorganize plant departments to maintain efficiency and to continue to meet the needs of Congress, Federal agencies, and the public. Prior to being named Production Manager in 2007, Crawford was Superintendent of the Binding Division for 14 years. John is one of three generations of Crawfords to work at GPO.

About the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The 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 digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through our Federal Digital System, partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore.

Source: GPO.

  • Werner R

    Congratulation John Crawford! So nice to see another bookbinder taking charge of an entire operation. We always need to "think backward" and start planning jobs accordingly. Only a skilled person familiar with all aspects of planning and finishing a printed product is capable to do that. Times have changed. I still have some slides showing those high skills GPO bookbinders have. (Jack Boyle let me take pictures to educate RIT students)
    Keep up the good works and all the best in your new endeavors. Werner Rebsamen, Professor Emeritus RIT

  • Deborah Yarbrough

    Congratulations John Crawford!