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GPO presents “Keeping America Informed 3.0”

Monday, June 21, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

New York, NY - The Institute for Sustainable Communication (ISC), the Graduate Program in Graphic Communication Management and Technology at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), and the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) invite you to join Robert C. Tapella, the 25th Public Printer of the United States, and Don Carli, ISC Senior Research Fellow, for an informed dialogue about the dramatic changes sweeping global media supply chains and how they are likely to change our ability to access information and inform our decisions. This free event is open to the public, but seating is limited and RSVP is required. (See RSVP Eventbrite link below.) For those who are unable to participate in person, a live web feed of the dialogue will also be streamed providing ability to post comments and questions via Twitter.

Topics to be discussed will include:
- How digital technology and social media are changing the way legislators and the public can generate and gain access to information.
- How technology change and sustainability imperatives are transforming the knowledge and skills required of the GPO and its supply chain.
- How new offset printing, digital printing & sustainability management software will change the way information is created, stored and shared.

June 28th 6:00 - 9:00 PM

NYU-SCPS Midtown
11 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10016

6:00 - 6:30 PM    Registration
6:30 - 8:00 PM    Dialog
8:00 - 9:00 PM    Wine and Cheese Networking Reception

Robert C. Tapella serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the GPO, responsible for overseeing GPO's day-to-day printing, procurement and information dissemination operations including the competitive purchasing of over 31 million pounds of paper and over $650 million dollars of communication products and services from more than 2.500 private sector companies in all 50 States. With an annual operating budget of over $1 billion, the GPO has one of the world’s largest printing plants and is one of the biggest buyers of paper and printing in the world.

The GPO's mission of "Keeping America Informed" dates to 1861 when Congress determined the need to make information regarding the work of the three branches of Government available to all Americans. The GPO is the Federal Government's primary centralized resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing and preserving published information in all its forms.

When the GPO opened for business on the day of President Lincoln's inauguration in 1861, printers set type by hand under candlelight. Printing presses were driven by steam, and deliveries each morning to the U.S. Capitol were by horse-drawn cart. Since then, GPO has adapted to new technologies and new ways of meeting the information product needs of Congress, federal agencies and the American people. Today, GPO is at the epicenter of another wave of technological change, embracing a historic mission while looking to the digital future. The approximately 2,250 men and women of GPO are hard at work transforming the agency into a 21st century digital information processing facility.

Mr Tapella is a 1991 graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo who has worked at the GPO since 2002, first as Government Printing Office deputy chief of staff until 2004, then as chief of staff until 2007. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at GPO for five years. Earlier, he was a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mr. Tapella recently guest lectured in Executive Leadership course in the M.A. program in Graphic Communications Management and Technology NYU-SCPS.




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