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Congratulations, Davita Vance-Cooks

By Gabrielle Burns
Senior Writer-Editor, Office of the Federal Register

The staff at the Office of the Federal Register would like to extend our sincerest and most enthusiastic congratulations to the new Public Printer of the United States, the Honorable Davita Vance-Cooks.

The Government Printing Office welcomed its 27th Public Printer yesterday when Davita Vance-Cooks was sworn in at Harding Hall in the historic red brick building of the GPO. Among those in attendance were honored guests from the White House staff, the Librarian of Congress James Billington, and the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero.

The Director of the Office of the Federal Register Charley Barth and his staff received special mention as attendees because of our strong statutory partnership. The daily output of the Federal Register was noted as one of GPO’s flagship publications and a source of great pride when mentioned as one of the publications that GPO employees work around the clock shifts to publish, both in print and digitally on

The Federal Register Act of 1935 established the partnership between the National Archives and the Government Printing Office:

It shall be the duty of the Public Printer to make available the facilities of the Government Printing Office for the prompt printing and distribution of the Federal Register.

In her ceremonial remarks, Davita Vance-Cooks spoke of her organization as one that will embrace the digital future. As a senior manager at GPO, she has overseen GPO publications partner with Google to offer eBooks and launched an award-winning book blog on If her past is anything to go by, we can count on an innovative future from Mrs. Vance-Cooks and her employees.

Watch the swearing-in ceremony