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Thursday, 30th December 2010

"President Obama Announces Public Printer Recess Appointment"

Yesterday, we posted that Bob Tapella, Public Printer of the of the United States, had resigned his position, effective immediately.

This morning, the White House announced that President Obama intends, "to recess appoint six nominees to fill key administration posts that have been left vacant for an extended period of time."

This means that William J. Boarman, will soon become Public Printer of the United States.

Today's news is not a surprise. In fact, just yesterday,  Print CEO that a recess appointment was going to be the method used to get Mr. Boarman into the Public Printer position.

Recess appointment?

From a Congressional Research Service report:

Under the Constitution (Article II, Section 2, clause 2), the President and the Senate share the power to make appointments to high-level policy-making positions in federal departments, agencies, boards, and commissions. Generally, the President nominates individuals to these positions, and the Senate must confirm them before he can appoint them to office. The Constitution also provides an exception to this process. When the Senate is in recess, the President may make a temporary appointment, called a recess appointment, to any such position
without Senate approval (Article II, Section 2, clause 3)

In May, 2010 the Senate Rules committee held a confirmation hearing for Mr. Boarman. You can watch them here as well as read Boarman's prepared statement.

However, the confirmation has been held back for a vote by the Senate. Now, the recess appointment.

A brief bio of William J. Boarman (via White House)

William J. Boarman is President of the Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the Senior Vice President of CWA. Mr. Boarman has been associated with the printing industry, its labor relations and personnel management for over 40 years starting with his four-year apprenticeship at McArdle Printing in Washington, D.C., succeeding to Journeyman Printer (Practical Printer by Trade) in 1971. In 1974 Mr. Boarman accepted an appointment as Printer to GPO. In 1977, Mr. Boarman took a leave of absence from GPO to serve in various elected posts within the International Typographical Union, which merged with CWA in 1987. He is chairman of the CWA/ITU Negotiated Pension Plan, a multi-employer defined benefit pension plan with assets of $1 billion; President of the International Allied Printing Trades Association; and President of the Union Printers Home, a 122-bed skilled nursing facility in Colorado Springs, CO. Mr. Boarman served three terms as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) and as the first-ever public member of the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities.

See Also: "Obama nominee for GPO chief accepted, repaid improper payments" (by Ed O'Keefe, Washinton Post; July 15, 2010)

See Also: "Boarman nomination as Public Printer still on hold" (by Carey Sherburne, Print CEO; September 20, 2010)

See Also: "Recess Appointments" (via Congressional Research Service)

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