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Government Publishing Office

732 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20401


DIRECTOR (vacancy)
Deputy Director Andrew M. Sherman, acting

Equal Employment Opportunity Managing Director Mark Paras, Acting

Chief Administrative Officer Herbert H. Jackson, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer Steven T. Shedd
Chief of Staff Andrew M. Sherman
General Counsel Kerry L. Miller, Acting
Superintendent of Documents Laurie Hall

Acquisition Lorna E. Baptiste-Jones
Human Capital Dan M. Mielke, Acting
Information John L. Hannan, Acting
Public Relations Gary Somerset
Security Lamont Vernon
Technology Richard G. Davis

Customer Services Sandra K. MacAfee
Labor Relations Melissa Hatfield
Library Services and Content Management Laurie Hall
Official Journals of Government Lyle L. Green
Plant Operations John W. Crawford
Security and Intelligent Documents Stephen G. LeBlanc
Inspector General Michael A. Raponi

The above list of key personnel was updated 3–2018.

The above list of key personnel was updated 3–2018.

The Government Publishing Office produces, procures, and disseminates printed and electronic publications of the Congress, executive departments, and Federal agencies and establishments.

The Government Publishing Office (GPO) was created on June 23, 1860, by Congressional Joint Resolution 25. The Office opened for business on March 4, 1861. Its duties are defined in title 44 of the U.S. Code. The President appoints the Director, who is then confirmed by the Senate.


Headquartered in Washington, DC, with a total employment of approximately 1,700, the Office is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for the three branches of the Federal Government. It is the Federal Government's primary centralized resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in digital and tangible forms.

While many of the informational products, such as the "Congressional Record" and "Federal Register," are produced at the main GPO plant, most of the Government's printing is done in partnership with America's printing industry. The Office procures 75 percent of all printing orders through private sector vendors across the country, competitively buying products and services from thousands of businesses in all 50 States. The contracts cover the entire spectrum of printing and publishing services and are suitable for companies of all sizes.

The Office disseminates Federal information products through a sales program, distribution network of more than 1,200 Federal libraries nationwide, and the Federal Digital System (FDsys). The public can access more than 800,000 Federal Government document titles online by using the FDsys website.

Sources of Information

Ben's Guide

An educational website for children and young adults, Ben's Guide has learning adventures for the apprentice level (ages 4–8), journeyperson level (ages 9–13), and master level (ages 14 and older).


Printed copies of many documents, ranging from Supreme Court opinions to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, may be purchased. To order in person, visit the GPO Main Bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC (corner of North Capitol Street NW. and G Street), 8 a.m.–4 p.m. To order online, use the link below. To order by phone or inquire about an order, call 866-512-1800 or 202-512-1800 (Washington, DC–metropolitan area), 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., eastern standard time. All orders require prepayment by an American Express, Discover/NOVUS, MasterCard, or VISA credit card; check or money order; or Superintendent of Documents (SOD) deposit account, which customers who purchase Government products on a recurring basis can open with the GPO. Fax, 202-512-2104. | Email:

Business Opportunities

Acquisition Services obtains the equipment, services, and supplies that GPO needs from external sources to accomplish its mission. Phone, 202-512-0937.

Commercial printers seeking contract opportunities should contact Customer Services, Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC 20401. Phone, 202-512-0526. | Email:

Career Opportunities

GPO vacancy announcements and information on benefits, career paths, and the application process are accessible online.

In 2016, the GPO was ranked number 13 among midsize Government agencies in the Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)

The CGP is a searchable Federal publications catalog that contains descriptive information on recent and historical publications, as well as links to some complete documents. Users can search the catalog by agency, keywords, subject, and title.

Congressional Relations

The Office of Congressional Relations responds to congressional inquiries and requests. Phone, 202-512-1991. Fax, 202-512-1293.

Federal Digital System (FDsys) / Govinfo

The FDsys website makes official publications from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of Government accessible. The GPO provides user support for the System. Phone, 866-512-1800 or 202-512-1800 (Washington, DC–metropolitan area).

In 2018, the GPO plans to replace the FDsys website with govinfo. Both websites are available online; however, the FDsys site will be retired from public service at some point. Like FDsys, govinfo provides free and public access to official publications from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of Government.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to FAQs are available online.


The GPO opened for business just weeks before Union and Confederate armies opened fire against one another. Within 2 years, the GPO had readied one of the most significant documents in American history for President Abraham Lincoln's signature. To learn more about the 1862 war order that was known as the Emancipation Proclamation, watch the video "Lincoln and His Printers: GPO in the Civil War."

News / Press Releases

The GPO posts the latest news and maintains a news archive, from 1997 to the present, on its website. Phone, 202-512-1957. Fax, 202-512-1998.

Offices / Distribution Centers

Contact information for nationwide offices and the Laurel, MD, and Pueblo, CO, distribution centers is available on the GPO website.

Organizational Chart

The GPO posts its organizational chart in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.


The Office of the Inspector General from the GPO posts reports and data on, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.

Site Map

The website map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

The GPO maintains a Facebook account.

The GPO tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The GPO posts videos on its YouTube channel. | Email:

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