GPO's James to step down

Government Printing Office chief executive Bruce James has announced he will leave his post. In a letter to President Bush, James, who serves as the country's public printer, said he will formally step down when his successor is chosen.

'Being the public printer has been one of my greatest joys, and I am proud and honored to have stood side-by-side with the men and women of the GPO as a fellow public servant,' James said.

James, who was appointed to the agency's top spot in 2002, is leaving after helping steer GPO into a more fiscally sound and digitally driven organization.

'We completely reversed our financial situation, moving from red ink year after year to supluses'this fiscal year will mark three consecutive years of positive cash flow which has allowed us to make investments in the digital technologies that we need to continue to serve our customers as their needs change,' he said.

A top initiative has been GPO's Future Digital System, a $29 million project that will transform the way the agency collects, authenticates, stores and shares federal documents.

GPO recently released a solicitation for a chief integrator that will oversee and manage the FDsys project, and expects to award the contract this summer.

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