FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      July 7, 2004
CONTACT:    Veronica Meter, 202-512-1957, 202-441-6226 cell,
No. 04-15



Robert C. Tapella promoted to Chief of Staff 

Washington, D.C.--An extensive printing and graphic communications background, congressional experience and in-depth knowledge of the Government Printing Office are three of the key reasons why Robert C. Tapella has been promoted from Deputy Chief of Staff to Chief of Staff at the GPO.

"The GPO is working on the next phase of our transformation, which includes our strategic planning process.  Bob has just the right mix of printing and congressional experience, pair that with his deep understanding of the GPO and the direction we are headed as an agency, and you have the ideal choice to help move the GPO forward to the next level," said Bruce James, Public Printer of the United States and the agency's CEO.

 Bob Tapella has been serving as GPO's Deputy Chief of Staff since his appointment in December 2002.  He brings to the agency a unique combination that includes extensive legislative experience and an education and practical background in graphic communications and printing management.  From 1996 to 2000, he served as professional staff on the House of Representatives Committee on House Oversight.  As such, Tapella supervised the Office of Member Services, was Chief of Staff to Rep. Bill Redmond and Special Assistant to the Clerk of the House of Representatives.  From 1986 to 1993, he was District Representative for Rep. Bill Thomas.  Bob began his career in the graphic design business, venturing later into print brokering, corporate communication and strategic planning.  He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, one of the country's leading schools in printing and graphic communications.

 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 available to the public via the Internet at  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, through partnership with 1,250 libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, 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 GPO, headquartered in Washington, DC, has offices in 20 cities, and is led by Bruce R. James, Public Printer of the United States.

Fred's Note:  Bob has a strong print background.  He has worked closely with PIA and the private sector since joining GPO.  Bob has earned the respect of his boss, Public Printer Bruce James--an essential foundation for an effective Chief of Staff.  I expect he will be able to effectively facilitate and manage implementation of policy changes and procurement modernization at GPO (as printers know, implementation of change has been a historical weakness at GPO).