Today marks the 150th year since the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) first opened its doors, the same day Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office to become the 16th President of the United States.
In honor of this special anniversary, Public Printer Bill Boarman offered these words:
GPO is an agency that performs one of the most vital services for our country: keeping the public informed on the workings of our Government. The agency’s record of technological change in the service of our country is second to none in the Federal Government, and a great testament to the skill and dedication of our employees.
GPO’s 150th year has already proved a busy and important one. In addition to welcoming new Public Printer Boarman and new Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish, the agency announced on February 16 that it had received approval from the Joint Committee on Printing to work with the Library of Congress to digitize key historic documents, a partnership that AALL had strongly supported.
Congratulations to GPO on this important milestone!