FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 17, 2003         No. 03-67
MEDIA CONTACT: Veronica Meter, 202-512-1991, vmeter@gpo.gov

COMPUTER EXPERT TO DIRECT TECHNOLOGY AT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

Reynold Schweickhardt Named GPO’s Chief Information Officer

Washington, DC—Whether it was initiating a digital mail pilot program for the House of Representatives during the Anthrax crisis or directing the roll-out of several emergency communication systems for Members of Congress after the terrorist attacks of September 11, Reynold C. Schweickhardt’s leadership and expertise has established him as one of the Federal Government's leading information technology experts.  In his new role as Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), he will be responsible for transforming the agency's technological infrastructure to enable it to support the Federal Government's future digital information products and services. He will also serve as a member of GPO's Management Council, which establishes overall agency policies.

"We like Reynold's blend of cutting-edge private sector experience coupled with his extensive knowledge of the Federal Government's systems and requirements," said Deputy Public Printer William H. Turri, who is the GPO's chief operating officer. "He has the know-how needed to design and operate the systems that will be required by a 21st century Government information processing and distribution organization."

Earlier this year, Schweickhardt was named Information Resources Management (IRM) Policy Manager at the GPO.  Prior to the GPO, Schweickhardt was Director of Technology at the House Administration Committee, where he was responsible for IT strategy for the House of Representatives.  He coordinated implementation of a business-continuity/disaster-recovery infrastructure for the House and participated in the House’s response to the anthrax crisis, including initiation of a digital mail pilot program.  Schweickhardt directed the rollout of several emergency communication systems for Members of Congress, including RIM BlackBerry communication devices and GETS cards to maintain communication capabilities.  From 1995 to 2000, Schweickhardt served as a professional staff member and then Deputy Staff Director of the House Administration Committee, where he coordinated IT programs for the House.  While serving as staff to the House Administration Committee, Schweickhardt was staff director of the Joint Committee on Printing, where he supported legislative oversight of the GPO’s operations and programs, including the GPO’s equipment and technology acquisitions.  Before Government service, Schweickhardt was a software engineer and project manager at Hewlett-Packard Co.  Schweickhardt attended the University of California at Santa Barbara.  Reynold C. Schweickhardt’s selection as the GPO’s Chief Information Officer was effective October 5, 2003.

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government.  More than 250,000 Federal Government document titles are now available to the public via the Internet at www.GPOAccess.gov. Printed copies of many of those documents ranging from Supreme Court opinions to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics may also be ordered through the GPO's web site or by calling toll-free 866-512-1800.  The GPO, in partnership with 1,250 libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, also provides personal assistance in locating and using government information.  Participating libraries may be located on GPO's web site or by calling toll-free 1-888-293-6498.  The Government Printing Office, headquartered in Washington, DC, has offices in 20 cities, and is led by Bruce R. James, Public Printer of the United States.

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