Path to Power
Wash received his BSSE degree from Purdue University in 1977.
In 1973, Wash first joined Eastman Kodak Company. He would work at the company for 26 years, eventually becoming the general manager of digital photo-finishing systems. As general manager, Wash directed more than $2 billion in service revenue. He was responsible for developing the system to deliver Kodak perfect touch processing for the consumer photo market in North America and Europe.
The GPO has existed as the primary dissemenator of government documents since 1895, and Tappella, the current public printer, says its challenges are "not much different than the disarray in the cataloging, distribution and storage of electronic documents we all face today. There is a solution for this electronic disarray - and we call it: e-lifecycle management."
In order to tackle the problems of authenticating and preserving public documents in the digital world, the GPO replaced its former archiving system, GPO Access,with FDsys, in 2009.