Home » NEWS » GPO's Coast facility earns ISO 9001 certification

GPO's Coast facility earns ISO 9001 certification

HANCOCK COUNTY — The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) achieved a major milestone in the production of the world’s most secure document, the U.S. passport.

GPO’s secure production facility on the grounds of Stennis Space Center has achieved ISO 9001 certification. ISO is the International Organization for Standardization and the world’s largest developer of international standards used by government, business and new information technology companies and agencies.

“I want to congratulate our 46 employees at the secure production facility in Mississippi for their hard work and commitment to the production of the passport,” said GPO’s managing director for security and intelligent documents Steve LeBlanc. “Since GPO opened the Mississippi facility in 2008, employees there have made that facility a model of high standards and high quality manufacturing processes.”

GPO has been producing passports for the Department of State since the 1920s at its secure facility in Washington, D.C. In 2008, to meet the rising demand by American people for passports and the need for an alternative production facility, GPO opened this second secure production facility in Mississippi. In 2005, GPO produced the first electronic passport (e-Passport) and switched to producing all e-Passports in 2007.

GPO employees produced more than 23 million passports in the last two years; about seven million of those have been produced at the Mississippi secure production facility.

The D.C. facility is on track to attain the ISO 9001 certification in FY 2011.

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Wally Northway

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*