Published: October 19, 2012
Last Updated: February 13, 2013
The Superintendent of Documents (SupDoc) leads the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) in providing public access to Government information published by the U.S. Congress, Federal agencies, and the Federal courts. The SupDoc:
- Focuses efforts on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in cooperation with Congress and GPO’s library partners.
- Oversees the policy and strategy for GPO’s Library Services and Content Management unit, Publication and Information Sales unit, and the management of GPO’s Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov).
The SupDocs is appointed by the Public Printer of the United States (44 U.S.C. § 1702).
Current Superintendent of Documents
Mary Alice Baish was appointed Superintendent of Documents by Public Printer Bill Boarman in January 2011. Throughout Baish’s career, she has worked with all sectors of the library community, testifying before congressional committees on behalf of GPO, and has been a leading voice in developing electronic systems to disseminate Government information. Prior to GPO, she previously served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), a nonprofit educational organization that serves the information needs of the legal community. Baish has worked closely with congressional committees, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Federal agencies and the Administration in developing policies and legislation that promote the needs of libraries, the legal community, and the American public.
Baish is among the founding members of OpenTheGovernment.org (OTG.org), an organization created to promote democracy and end Government secrecy. She has worked with OTG.org, the White House, and Office of Management and Budget in implementing President Obama’s Open Government Directive and with auditing agency Open Government Plans. She has written and spoken extensively about e-government information policy and is a past member of the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer.
Baish is a resident of Fairfax Station, VA, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and an Ed.M. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
List of All Superintendent of Documents
The following lists all the individuals that have held the office of Superintendent of Documents.
|Name||Start Date||End Date|
|Francis A. Crandall||March 26, 1895||November 17, 1897|
|Louis C. Ferrell||November 19, 1897||February 7, 1906|
|Acting||February 8, 1906||August 7, 1906|
|William Leander Post||August 8, 1906||July 15, 1909|
|August Donath||July 16, 1909||February 22, 1913|
|Frank C. Wallace||February 26, 1913||December 1, 1913|
|Acting||December 2, 1913||April 30, 1914|
|Josiah H. Brinker||May 1, 1914||May 23, 1920|
|Acting||May 24, 1920||November 15, 1920|
|John L. Alverson||November 16, 1920||May 15, 1921|
|Alton P. Tisdel||June 1, 1921||June 1, 1945|
|Fred W. Cromwell||June 16, 1945||July 29, 1949|
|Roy B. Eastin||August 1, 1949||July 4, 1953|
|Carper W. Buckley||July 5, 1953||June 12, 1970|
|Acting||June 13, 1970||December 21, 1970|
|Robert E. Kling, Jr.||December 22, 1970||June 30, 1973|
|Wellington H. Lewis||July 1, 1973||July 17, 1975|
|Carl A. LaBarre||July 20, 1975||January 29, 1982|
|William J. Barrett||January 30, 1982||March 31, 1982|
|Acting||April 1, 1982||May 9, 1982|
|Raymond Mason Taylor||May 10, 1982||March 7, 1983|
|Michael F. DiMario||March 7, 1983||January 2, 1985|
|Acting||January 3, 1985||March 31, 1985|
|Donald E. Fossedal||April 1, 1985||April, 1991|
|Wayne P. Kelley||April, 1991||September, 1997|
|Acting||September, 1997||November 30, 1997|
|Francis J. Buckley, Jr.||December 1, 1997||December, 2002|
|Judith Russell||January 6, 2003||February 28, 2007|
|Acting||March 1, 2007||January 19, 2011|
|Mary Alice Baish||January 20, 2011||Present|