When Mike Wash left his private-sector job in 2004 to join the federal government, he had a big job ahead of him: put government online for the American people. As Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Wash has fulfilled this vision, leading the charge to digitize federal documents, which number in the tens of millions, so that they are easier to access by the American people.
George Beckerman of Marlin & Associates, a strategic advisory firm whose clients make use of the online documents, said Wash is providing an “absolutely essential and an extremely valuable” service for Americans. “Mike’s work protects these assets, keeps them fresh, and ensures their continued value,” Beckerman said.
Since creating FDsys, Wash has worked with various members of the Obama administration’s Open Government Initiative team to discuss ways the federal government can be more transparent, a concept that Wash says is not modern, but rather integral to our national heritage.
The successes GPO has made in transforming to meet the market needs of the digital world could not have been accomplished without the people at GPO,” said Wash. “For us, failure is not an option.”This article was jointly prepared by the Partnership for Public Service, a group seeking to enhance the performance of the federal government, and www.washingtonpost.com. Visit www.ourpublicservice for more about the organization’s work to recognize the men and women who serve our nation.