Davita Vance-Cooks

Amid Washington's partisan gridlock, getting the Senate to vote on even the mundane job of public printer has been a tough slog. Now President Barack Obama is trying again, nominating Davita Vance-Cooks to lead the Government Printing Office.

The nomination of Bill Boarman as public printer bogged down late in 2011 for reasons that weren't clear. The printing office hasn't had a Senate-confirmed leader since 2010. Other agencies have gone through even longer periods with acting leaders, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which last had a confirmed administrator in 2006.

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