GPO head Tapella resigns

Bob Tapella will be replaced on an interim basis by the Deputy Public Printer Paul Erickson

Bob Tapella, the public printer of the United States and head of the Government Printing Office, has announced his resignation after more than three years on the job.

Paul Erickson, the deputy public printer, has been named the acting public printer, effective immediately.

Tapella had been with the agency for eight years, including five years as a senior executive. During his tenure, GPO launched the Federal Digital System, a portal for published government information. Tapella also was instrumental with helping improve GPO's financial situation, according to a statement released by GPO officials on Dec. 29.

“I want to thank the hardworking men and women of GPO who have transformed an agency that opened in 1861 into a 21st century printing, digital media, secure credentialing and ISO 9001 premiere manufacturing organization," Tapella said in the statement. "I believe the successful launch of FDsys positions GPO to meet the challenges of the Digital Age.”

About the Author

John Monroe is Senior Events Editor for the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of content for print and online content, as well as events. John has more than 20 years of experience covering the information technology field. Most recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of Federal Computer Week. Previously, he served as editor of three sister publications: civic.com, which covered the state and local government IT market, Government Health IT, and Defense Systems.

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