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UL grad named GPO chief of staff

November 1, 2007
By BETTY J. POKAS, Times Leader Area Editor
A UNION Local High School graduate recently appointed as chief of staff for the U.S. Government Printing Office believes the values learned in Eastern Ohio will help in her post in Washington, D.C.

The appointment of Maria S. Lefevre, daughter of Bo and Cheryl Robinson, Morristown, as chief of staff for the GPO was announced this week by Robert C. Tapella, public printer.

Lefevre, according to a news release, now is the principal adviser to the public printer on overall management of the agency. She will be responsible for formulation and coordination of all internal and external agency policies.

“I’m extremely excited,” said the former Morristown resident in a telephone interview concerning her new post.

Emphasizing the importance of the “values instilled by my parents as well as people in Southeastern Ohio,” she added, “I talk about home all the time.”

In addition to her parents, her grandmother, Sophia Brewster, resides in the Morristown area. Brewster has been operating Pick’s restaurant for 50 years.

“I carry the lessons I learned about working with others from family and friends in Ohio into this new challenge of managing the 2,300 employees at the GPO,” said Lefevre. She also pointed out that she is honored to be given the opportunity to oversee the talented staff that the GPO has assembled.

“Maria’s natural ability to lead combined with her years of congressional experience have proven to be instrumental in the success of GPO’s transformation,” said Tapella.

The public printer added, “I am pleased to promote Maria to chief of staff where she will assist me and the deputy public printer in keeping GPO thriving by giving top-notched service to our customers and understanding the needs of the agency’s employees.”

Lafevre became deputy chief of staff at the Government Printing Office in 2004. Among her duties during the last three years have been overseeing the day-to-day operations, budgets and oversight of executive offices, according to the news release.

She also coordinated Joint Committee on Printing requests along with other agency publications and communications with Congress; that joint committee provides oversight of GPO operations.

Before her work with the GPO, the former Belmont County resident worked on Capitol Hill for nearly a decade. She served as staff director for the Joint Committee on Printing, policy director for the House Administration Committee and legislative director for a member of Congress.

During that time, she managed legislation on the House floor and formulated policy issues for the Joint Committee on Printing chairman.

Lefevre, who has a bachelor of science degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, said as a high school student, she had aspirations to obtain a law degree. She was graduated from Union Local High School in 1992.

While attending The Ohio State University, she decided to pursue a career in line with her “deep-rooted interest” in politics. After studying for three years at OSU, she transferred to the University of Maryland.

As a high school student, Lafevre was on Union Local’s volleyball, girls’ basketball and softball teams, some of which won Ohio Valley Athletic Conference championships. On a personal basis, she was All-OVAC in volleyball and her photograph hangs at Union Local High School because of this honor.

The former Morristown resident’s interest in sports led to her first meeting with the man she eventually married. She and Doug LaFevre, who originally is from Brookville, Pa., met at a Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals hockey game in Washington, D.C., and they both are Penguin fans.

Her husband currently is in the Army, and they have a son, Dylan, who will become 11 months of age Nov. 16. The family resides in Springfield, Va., and it’s 20 miles door-to-door between her home and the office.

Lafevre said the main focus of her new post is to be primary adviser to the public printer for all management and agency goals, internal and external.

The Government Printing Office is the federal government’s primary centralized resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, authenticating and preserving published U.S. Government information in all its forms.

GPO, according to the news release, is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the federal government.

In addition to publication sales, GPO makes government information available at no cost to the public through GPO Access (www.gpoaccess.gov) and through partnerships with more than 1,250 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, visit www.gpo.gov.

Pokas can be reached at timesleader@timesleaderonline.com.r />










 
 

 

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