GPO Wins Prestigious Deming Award for Employee Engagements

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is honored with a W. Edwards Deming Award in the employee engagement category by the Graduate School USA. This award goes to a Federal agency for exemplifying excellence with an initiative that demonstrates innovation resulting in improved engagement, internal communication, and team-building. GPO is recognized for creating the Leadership Evaluation and Development (LEAD) program, which for the past six years has empowered the next generation of GPO leaders by developing leadership skills and the tools to lead themselves, individuals, and teams. The LEAD program is open to all GPO employees and more than 300 have graduated.

“It is a high honor to receive a Deming Award for our LEAD program, which has proven to make a difference in improving employee engagement at GPO,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “As GPO continues to transform into the digital information platform for the Federal Government, it is important to focus our employees on the leadership attributes of inspiration, motivation, and accountability.”

Dr. W. Edwards Deming was a renowned scholar and teacher for 50 years. He published hundreds of papers and books covering statistical variance, systems thinking, and human psychology. Dr. Deming believed that organizational “sharing” should be the theme, promoted the concept of a “we” organization rather than a “me” organization. He taught that transformation “is everyone’s job,” and that businesses seeking change must make a long-term commitment to new learning and new philosophy. He trained thousands worldwide on his theories.

GPO is the Federal Government's official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through, partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit

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