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Printing Office's First Female Chief


As expected, Deputy Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks on Tuesday moved into the top job at the Government Printing Office, on an acting basis.

Departing acting Public Printer Bill Boarman, whose nomination by President Obama last year was never confirmed by the Senate, had elevated Vance-Cooks last month from her position as his chief of staff, so her rise as the agency's first woman leader is no surprise.

"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," Vance-Cooks said in a GPO press release. "I want to thank Bill Boarman for the opportunity to serve as his deputy and chief of staff. I have enjoyed working every day, side-by-side with Bill as we reinvented GPO into the digital information platform it is today."

Cooks has worked at the 1,900-employee agency for eight years, following a private-sector career in healthcare information technology.

Charles S. Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books, and organizational media strategies.

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