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GPO cuts 312 positions through buyouts, other departures

Jan. 24, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments
A Government Printing Office worker checks copies of the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Appendix last year. The GPO cut 14 percent of its workforce last year.
A Government Printing Office worker checks copies of the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget Appendix last year. The GPO cut 14 percent of its workforce last year. (Mandel Ngan /AFP via Getty Images)

The Government Printing Office cut 312 positions last year through buyouts, early retirements and other departures, which it expects to save nearly $42 million over the next two years.

The cuts represent 14 percent of GPO's former workforce of 2,232. GPO came close to meeting the goal of cutting 330 positions that it set last June, when it announced its buyout plans.

"Our goal is to do more with less in serving Congress, the White House, federal agencies and the public," acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks said in a Jan. 24 statement. "The buyout we conducted last year will make GPO more efficient in meeting the information dissemination needs of our customers as the digital information platform for the federal government."

GPO expects to save nearly $18 million in the rest of fiscal 2012, and almost $24 million in fiscal 2013, the first full fiscal year after the cuts took effect. GPO said 247 employees took a buyout or early out by the Dec. 31 deadline, and 65 other employees left the agency on their own during the same period.

GPO said its current workforce of 1,920 is its smallest in a century.

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