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GPO to send Gibbs his own Kinko’s card

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A GPO employee oversees the printing of the fiscal 2010 budget last year/Photo courtesy of Government Printing Office

A GPO employee oversees the printing of the fiscal 2010 budget last year/Photo courtesy of Government Printing Office

Nobody can say that the Government Printing Office lacks a sense of humor. After FedLine blogged White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’ joke yesterday about sending the federal budget to Kinko’s — now called FedEx Office — GPO today said it will send Gibbs his own Kinko’s card.

Technically, it’s a GPOExpress card. Those cards allow federal employees to place a small-scale printing order at any FedEx Office branch and net the government up to 70 percent off of the cost. Public Printer Bob Tapella, who runs the agency, said GPOExpress has helped feds place more than 40,000 printing orders since the program was created in 2005.

But when it comes to the federal budget, GPO said that’s handled in-house. GPO said its printers and the Office of Management and Budget are sometimes still finalizing the budget the night before its release.

“GPO obviously does not take offense to Mr. Gibbs’ tongue-in-cheek comments on the printing of the budget,” Tapella said.

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