Washington, D.C. – Acting U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Jim Bradley has retired after more than 47 years of Federal service, with the past 22 years at GPO. Bradley held numerous leadership positions at GPO, including that of Acting Director since November 2017.
“It has been a privilege to serve alongside the men and women of GPO over the last two decades,” said Bradley. “I want to thank GPO’s employees, Federal agency customers, and members of the library community for their support in carrying out GPO’s mission of Keeping America Informed.”
Bradley leaves behind more than four decades of experience in congressional and agency publishing programs and Federal information policy. Before joining GPO, he held positions at the Internal Revenue Service, as printing officer for the Energy Department, and as a professional staff member of the Joint Committee on Printing.
At GPO, Bradley oversaw the production in digital and print formats of all congressional documents, including the daily Congressional Record, congressional bills, reports, hearings, and other congressional information products, as well as the daily Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations, the annual Budget of the United States, the Public Papers of the Presidents, and related documents. He was responsible for GPO’s customer service program to Federal agencies, involving the competitive procurement of agency publications and information products from thousands of private sector firms nationwide. In overseeing these programs, Bradley has worked closely with GPO’s Federal Depository Library Program to ensure the availability of congressional and agency publications for public access nationwide. He also oversaw the introduction of the U.S. ePassport for the State Department, and for the past several years was responsible for its production at GPO as well as the production and issuance of other secure credentials for Federal entities.
In carrying out this work, Bradley was deeply involved in GPO’s digital transformation, overseeing technology modernization efforts to improve the range of GPO products and services produced with or featuring digital technologies, and helping to guide the transition of GPO’s staff and infrastructure to an increasingly digital platform. Bradley has also led efforts to accommodate units of the Architect of the Capitol, the Capitol Police, the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and most recently the Office of the Federal Register and the Office of Government Information Services within GPO’s buildings.
With Bradley’s departure, GPO’s Chief of Staff, Andrew M. Sherman, will serve as Acting Deputy Director, in accordance with GPO’s succession directive.