On April 15, President Barack Obama nominated William Boarman to become the 26th public printer of the Government Printing Office, a senior-level position that acts as CEO of the agency. But five months later, the nominee is still waiting to be confirmed by the Senate.
With 40 years of printing industry and management experience under his belt, Boarman the current vice president of Communications Workers of America, president of the unions Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector and former GPO employee had a bevy of supporters that all but ensured a swift confirmation.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) called him a knowledgeable advocate and an excellent choice to lead GPO.
I am pleased that the administration recognizes Bills talents and am confident he will attract bipartisan support in the Senate, he said in a CWA release following the nomination.
Even Robert Tapella the current public printer, who was appointed by George W. Bush and was a Republican staffer in the 1990s endorsed the nominee.
I am very pleased by the Presidents selection of Bill Boarman to be the 26th Public Printer of the United States, Tapella said in an April GPO release. Bill is no stranger to the GPO, as his career took him other places he remained a strong champion and friend of the GPO, and I hold him in the highest personal regard.
Although the Senate Rules and Administration Committee unanimously endorsed Boarman in July, the nomination has not been brought to a Senate vote and is reportedly being held from confirmation.
Some, including conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, have questioned Boarmans commitment to the unique private-public relationship of GPO (60 percent of the agencys printing activities are procured through private contracts).
But in his hearing, Boarman attempted to negate such worries. He said the procurement program is the best price execution [for printing], and it creates jobs in the private sector when we have contracted out, and it basically goes to small mom-and-pop shops.
According to hearing records, Boarman contributed $250 to the Lt. Gov. Bill Halters unsuccessful bid for Sen. Blanche Lincolns seat in the Arkansas Democratic primary, but Lincolns office told CQ Weekly that she hadnt blocked the nominee.
Boarman also recently admitted to receiving more than $3,000 in erroneous GPO checks, which he claimed he believed were payments. He repaid the dues to the agency, but the mistake also could be slowing his confirmation.
Food, Glorious Food
The cafeteria in Longworth House Office Building now includes a healthier-eating cafe, offering 600-calorie meals, vegetarian and vegan options, and nutritional information.
Dubbed Whole + Sum, it came at the request of House Administration Committee member Susan Davis (D-Calif.), who asked committee staff to look into a food station that could list calories and offer balanced meals.
I came back from getting soup one day and I thought, This is really good, but I have no idea how fattening it is, Davis said. And at that time I thought, Wouldnt it be great if we actually had calorie counts in the House cafeteria?
Davis said the staff had been musing such an option but hadnt had the impetus to act from a Member.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.