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July 3, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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GPO Plans to Downsize Workforce

In response to its shift toward digital publishing initiatives, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) announced that it will request the authority to offer buyouts and early outs to its 1,850 employees. The GPO must get approval from Congress and the OPM (Office of Personnel Management) for this proposal, which is designed to eliminate 5% of its workforce (100 employees).

“Unlike most Federal agencies, GPO operates like a business, covering most of its costs through the income we earn for the provision of information products and services,” said public printer Davita E. Vance-Cooks. “As the Government’s publisher, we’re committed to ensuring that our staffing and other requirements match our customers’ needs in this digital age.”

Employees may be offered payments of up to $25,000 to voluntarily leave the GPO. These funds would come from the GPO’s existing budget, so the buyouts/early outs would need to be finalized by the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 in order to achieve the necessary savings.

Source: U.S. Government Printing Office



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