IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2003       No. 03-54
Media Contact: Veronica Meter, 202-512-1991,
vmeter@gpo.gov
 
ENTREPRENEUR AND AIR FORCE ACADEMY GRADUATE SELECTED TO BE CHIEF OF STAFF FOR GPO'S OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
Steven Higgins to Help Lead the IG's Reorganization at GPO
 
Washington, DC- Running a successful business, a military background and his energy are just three examples of why Steven A. Higgins is now the United States Government Printing Office's Assistant Inspector General for Administration and Inspections.  
 
In the new position, Higgins will oversee all inspections, evaluations and administration services for the IG's Office.
 
 "Steven Higgins' background includes both private and public sector experience. His business sense, paired with his years in the Air Force, make him the ideal person to help take the IG's office at GPO to the next level," said Inspector General Marc A. Nichols.  The selection was effective August 25.
 
Most recently, Higgins ran his own business in Denver, Colorado.  Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for SAIC/Telcordia Technologies, Inc.
 
His military experience includes being a Financial Analyst for Lockheed Martin's Missile Systems Division and a Program Manager for the United States Air Force Airborne Surveillance System.  Higgins graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
 
GPO's Office of the Inspector General is responsible for conducting and supervising audits and investigations relating to GPO; recommending policies to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness in GPO operations; and, in the words of the Federal law establishing GPO's IG, "providing a means of keeping the Public Printer and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration and operations of the GPO."
 
The GPO is headquartered in Washington, DC and has approximately 3,000 employees nationwide.  Under the leadership of Public Printer of the United States Bruce R. James, the GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government. In addition to its own production facilities, the GPO contracts with thousands of private sector vendors across the country to produce print and other information products for the Federal Government ranging from Supreme Court decisions to IRS tax forms and crop reports for the Department of Agriculture.  The GPO also distributes Government publications to the public via a sales program and through a nationwide network of more than 1,200 Federal depository libraries.  GPO Access, at www.gpoaccess.gov, provides free online public access to more than 250,000 Federal Government titles.  For more information about GPO, go to www.gpo.gov.