GPO’S Longest Serving Employee Marks a Milestone

WASHINGTON, DC—June 2, 2009—Virginia Saunders has been Keeping America Informed for more than six decades. She recently celebrated 64 years of federal service. Saunders started as a clerk typist at the F.B.I. in 1945, before spending the last 63 years working at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). The majority of her GPO career has been involved with Congressional work. Since 1969, Saunders has been responsible for the Congressional Serial Set. This publication is a case bound compilation of all House and Senate documents and reports for each session of Congress.

“Virginia’s enthusiasm is contagious,” said Public Printer Bob Tapella. “Her contributions to GPO and our nation are truly remarkable. She has given her life to federal service and I think she’s an excellent role model for all employees at GPO.”

“I never thought I would thank the good Lord for work,” said Virginia Saunders. “Retirement has crossed my mind, but what else would I do? This is where my heart is.”

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