GPO Names Managing Director Security and Intelligent Documents

WASHINGTON – U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Director Hugh Nathanial Halpern names David Ford as Managing Director, Security and Intelligent Documents (SID). On this capability, Ford will lead the GPO business unit that designs, prints, personalizes and delivers Secure Federal Credentials for a lot of Government Agencies, which incorporates the U.S. passport for the State Department.

“David’s years and success in a leadership role in our SID business unit make him a natural selection for this position, following Steve LeBlanc’s promotion to GPO Chief of Staff,” said Halpern. “He has proven to be an instrumental member of the team in contributing to the expansion of our secure credential operations and providing a first-rate customer experience to our customers. Congratulations to David on his promotion.”

Ford began his profession at GPO as member of the Finance Office in 2004 after which as SID’s Operations Manager in 2008. He was a part of the GPO team that worked with the State Department to bring the electronic Passport from concept to reality and has more recently been an integral part of manufacturing the Next Generation Passport. Prior to joining GPO, Ford spent 21 years within the private sector where he served in a wide range of finance and operation management positions. Ford received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of North Carolina, Charlotte and went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University.

GPO is the Federal Government’s resource for publishing trusted information for the Federal Government to the American people. The GPO is chargeable for the production and distribution of data services and products for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State in addition to the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for everlasting public access to Federal Government information at no charge through and partnerships with roughly 1,100 libraries nationwide participating within the Federal Depository Library Initiative. For more information, please visit


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