Posts tagged: Congress

Printing Woman of Distinction

Frank Romano
 Sep 16, 2015

Jim Hamilton received an Indigo-printed calendar covering 12 women who changed the world. One of them was Ada Lovelace, who was the world’s first “programmer” for the Babbage computing engine. At the same time, I was at the EDSF fundraising event at Graph Expo where the Women of Distinction awards were bestowed by Julie and Andy Plata. There is also the Girls Who Print recognition. Jim’s question was “Who is the Ada Lovelace of the printing industry?”

 

Ada Lovelace (from the HP Indigo One of a Kind calendar of women who changed the world)

It just so happens that I had done a short article for the Museum of Printing newsletter on someone who is worthy of consideration. Who is she? Read on.

Mary Katherine Goddard is famous for printing the first Read more »

The United States Postal Service Merry-Go-Round

Jim Hamilton
 Nov 19, 2012

I wish I were drawing this instead of writing a blog because it would make a perfect cartoon or infographic. You saw the latest news from the United States Postal Service (USPS), right? They posted a $15.9 billion loss for their 2012 fiscal year. Sound familiar? They posted a $5.1 billion loss in 2011 and a $8.5 billion loss in 2010.

Paragon Carousel, Hull, Massachusetts

The image that it brings to mind is a merry-go-round because the same cycle happens over, and over, and over again. Here’s how it goes:

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How Will GPO Transition to the Future?

Jim Hamilton
 May 17, 2011

I was in Washington, DC last Wednesday to testify about the transition to digital in front of a Congressional subcommittee with oversight for the Government Printing Office (GPO). I was also able to sit in on a Congressional budget meeting in which William Boarman, the Public Printer of the United States (and head of GPO), discussed GPO’s 2012 budget. Both of these experiences provided a fascinating look into the way that Congress and GPO operate as well as the challenges they face. The combination of tight budgetary times and the perception that printing is expensive and outdated has prompted Congress to question GPO’s budget. The hearings come at a time when the House of Representatives has passed a bill sponsored by House Representative Allen West (Republican from Florida) to reduce Department of Defense printing and reproduction spending by 10% in fiscal 2012. The bill is currently in the Senate Armed Services Committee for study and consideration.

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