The Government Publishing Office faced congressional scrutiny Wednesday for its process for producing secure credentials for government agencies, and lawmakers appeared open to re-examining the agency's statute.
"GPO certainly knows how to print, but do they have the capacity to innovate and provide reliably secure credentials?" House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked at a hearing. Chaffetz's panel held a full committee hearing to delve into how agencies select the GPO to issue secure credentials process. The GPO is tasked with printing secure documents, including U.S. passports and border crossing cards, but private sector vendors argued they are not able to compete with the GPO to secure contracts to create those documents. And after the nearly two-hour hearing, Chaffetz and the highest ranking Democrat at the hearing, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., said they were open to re-examining the statute that some agencies use to justify selecting GPO to print those documents, known as Title 44.