NSPA Conference Exploring New Markets
Government in-plants from around the country gathered in Des Moines to learn from each other and develop their digital strategies.
By Bob Neubauer
Perhaps the highlight of the recent National State Publishing Association (NSPA) conference—the part that may have hit home hardest for the 27 government attendees—was when fellow NSPA member Raúl Guevara took the floor with an energetic presentation detailing how his department's strategic business plan saved $839,133 for the Kansas Department of Transportation.
By analyzing his operation's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and calculating its savings, Guevara, bureau chief of KDOT's Bureau of Support Services, strengthened and improved his department.
"We are the best cost provider to our agency," he said, confidently. "If you don't know your costs, you will not be in business very long."
Guevara's spirited talk spiced up day three of the three-day event, which combined the sharing of information between government in-plants with technology updates from outside experts.
NSPA's 27th conference took place in Des Moines, Iowa, and was organized by NSPA President Lise Melton, public service executive officer for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, along with Joe Tucker, administrator of the Ohio Office of State Printing's Department of Administrative Services.
The conference got off to a powerful start when U.S. Public Printer Bruce James took the stage and described his goals of retooling GPO into an electronic information distribution organization. He noted some of the difficulties GPO is encountering in this quest, such as authenticating documents, storing them in digital format, and versioning.
"What constitutes a version in the electronic world?" he asked.
James put forth the idea of partnering with state governments to create a government information portal on the Internet. This would enable citizens to go to a single place for all government information.
"We want to be your partners," he said to the state government printers in attendance.