A woman will lead the Government Printing Office for the first time, once the current boss steps down by year’s end.

Davita Vance-Cooks (Government Printing Office)

An eight-year veteran of GPO, Vance-Cooks previously served as deputy managing director for customer services and as head of the agency’s publications and information sales unit.

“Her superlative leadership skills and extensive management experience over multiple mission-critical GPO operations uniquely qualify her for the position of Deputy Public Printer,” Boarman said in a statement issued Tuesday. “I am honored that she has accepted this appointment, and have full confidence in her abilities to continue carrying out GPO’s historic mission.”

Boarman was nominated to lead GPO in April 2010, but faced Senate Republican opposition. President Obama granted him a recess appointment earlier this year, but the Senate’s failure to vote on his nomination before it adjourned over the weekend means he must step down by year’s end.

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