About BEP

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$100s getting printed behind the BEP seal.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s mission is to develop and produce United States currency notes, trusted worldwide.  BEP’s vision is to set the world standard for banknotes and document security through excellence in manufacturing and innovation.

The BEP prints billions of dollars – referred to as Federal Reserve notes – each year for delivery to the Federal Reserve System.  The Federal Reserve operates as the nation's central bank and serves to ensure that adequate amounts of currency and coin are in circulation.  The BEP does not produce coins – all U.S. coinage is minted by the United States Mint.  The BEP also advises other federal agencies on document security matters.

The BEP's robust research and development efforts focus on counterfeit deterrent technologies and production process efficiencies.  The BEP develops overt and covert security features for U.S. currency that keep the number of counterfeits in circulation low.


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BEP Leadership


    Director:  Leonard R. Olijar

    Read more about Director Leonard R. Olijar.



    Deputy Director (Chief Administrative Officer):  Marty Greiner

    Read more about Deputy Director Marty Greiner.



    Deputy Director (Chief Operating Officer):  Charlene Williams

    Read more about Deputy Director Charlene Williams.



    Chief Information Officer:  Harry Singh




    Chief Financial Officer:  Steven Fisher




    Associate Director, Manufacturing (Western Currency Facility): Ron Voelker




    Associate Director, Manufacturing (Washington, DC Facility): Yolanda Ward




    Associate Director, Product Design and Development: Justin Draheim




    Associate Director, Quality: Richard Clark




    Associate Director, Management: Frank Freeman III




    Chief Counsel: Heather Book




    External Relations: Teresa Fynes



Office of the Director

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Leonard Olijar Official Photo






Leonard R. Olijar

Len Olijar became the Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in 2015, after serving as BEP’s Deputy Director for three years.  He has worked at BEP for more than 30 years in positions of increasing responsibility.  The mission of BEP is to develop and produce U.S. currency, trusted worldwide.  Under Mr. Olijar’s leadership, BEP is taking strategic action to execute a complete recapitalization, build a replacement facility in the Washington, DC area, expand the Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, TX, redesign the nation’s currency to keep it secure and complete a transformation from quality inspection to quality assurance.  As Deputy Director, Mr. Olijar was responsible for overseeing all operational activities at BEP and led the establishment of a Lean Six Sigma program to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Mr. Olijar graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado in 1987.  He has two daughters and resides in Northern Virginia.

Past BEP Directors

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To date there have been 25 leaders of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing filling 26 different terms (William M. Meredith headed the BEP twice, first from 1889-1893 and then again from 1900-1906).  They were originally designated as “chief”.  This title arose while the BEP was still a subdivision of Treasury operations and lasted into the 1890s, long after the BEP became an independent entity.  Thereafter, heads of the BEP were known as “directors.”  A number of the early chiefs and directors were political appointees, but most came from a background in government service, with some rising from the ranks of the BEP production floor.  Click on a portrait below to view a short biography of a past BEP leader.

Alvin W. Hall

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Alvin W. Hall Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Alvin Hall was born and raised in Harleigh, Pennsylvania.  He received a Bachelor of Law degree from National University in Washington, DC, and worked as an accountant and auditor in the private sector before entering Government service as an accountant in the Bureau of Army Ordnance in the War Department.  In 1920, he became an investigator for the U.S. Bureau of Efficiency and conducted efficiency studies in many government agencies.  Hall was assigned to a special committee tasked by Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon to survey procedures in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1922.  His participation on that committee led to his appointment as head of the BEP’s planning unit and later as Director in 1924.  Only 36 years old at the time of his appointment, Hall was the youngest Bureau Director, and he held the top spot for 30 years—far longer than any other BEP head.  During his tenure, he oversaw many technological advances and changes in production, most notably the conversion to small-sized, standardized currency notes in 1929 and the development of non-offset inks in the early 1950s.  Hall died in 1969 in Washington at the age of 80.

Claude M. Johnson

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Claude M. Johnson Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Claude Johnson was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and he attended school there and in New York.  After returning to Lexington, Johnson worked in the drug business and grocery trade.  He was also involved in local politics, winning election to the city council and serving as mayor for eight years from 1880 to 1888.  Johnson’s appointment as Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Bureau was due in large part to his affiliation with Treasury Secretary John G. Carlisle, a fellow Kentuckian.  He was Director for seven years, during which time the BEP assumed the production of all United States postage stamps.  It was also during his tenure that the title of Chief was changed to Director, at Johnson’s urging, to distinguish the BEP head from the other chiefs of the various divisions within the organization.  He later served as a United States Indian Agent in Arizona and headed a printing establishment in England.  Johnson died in Lexington, Kentucky, at the age of 66.

Edward McPherson

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Edward McPherson Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Edward McPherson was born and raised in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Pennsylvania College in 1848.  Afterwards, McPherson studied law and edited several Pennsylvania city newspapers.  He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1858 and served in the 36th and 37th Congresses.  In 1863, McPherson became Deputy Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and later that same year he was appointed the Clerk of the House of Representatives, a position in which he served until 1875.  McPherson was Chief of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1877 to 1878.  Later, from 1881 to 1883, he again served as Clerk of the House of Representatives and from 1889 to 1891 as well.  He was editor of several publications from 1877 to 1895, and from 1880 until his death in 1895 he was editor and proprietor of a Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, newspaper.  McPherson also authored political handbooks and histories of the United States dealing with the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Edward O. Graves

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Edward O. Graves Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Edward Graves was born in Gravesville, New York.  After graduating from Hobart College (now the Hobart and William Smith Colleges) in Geneva, New York, in 1863, he received an appointment as a clerk in the Treasury Department.  He was made Chief Clerk in the Treasurer’s office in 1868.  Graves also served as Chief Examiner of the U.S. Civil Service Commission during which time he instituted new procedures for the examination and appointment of candidates across the country for government positions.  He was appointed Superintendent of the National Bank Redemption Bureau of the Treasury Department in 1874 and was selected by the Treasury Secretary to investigate the efficiency, organization, and management of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as part of a special committee in 1877.  Graves later served as Assistant Treasurer for two years before his appointment as Chief of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1885.  Upon his resignation from the BEP, Graves became president of a bank in Seattle, Washington, where he lived until his death at age 65.

George B. McCartee

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George B. McCartee Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

George McCartee was born and raised in New York City.  He engaged in business pursuits there, later worked as a railway superintendent in Iowa, and in 1858 moved to Salem, New York, where he was an agent and manager of a steam mill.  In 1859, McCartee went to Washington, DC, as the private secretary to the Secretary of the Treasury.  He held other positions in the Treasury, including superintendent of the Treasury Building, and he also went abroad during the Civil War to negotiate the sale of government bonds.  In 1868, McCartee was made Acting Chief of the “Engraving and Printing Bureau” after a congressional investigation into the currency operations forced Spencer Clark’s resignation from the Treasury.  McCartee was officially put in charge of the developing Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1869.  After serving more than six years as Chief, he resigned, citing ill health.  In later years, while back in Salem, McCartee tried in vain to secure reappointment as the Chief of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  He managed the Salem Press newspaper and stayed active in local politics, gaining appointment as Paymaster of the Capitol at Albany, New York.  McCartee died at the age of 70 in Salem, New York.

Harry R. Clements

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Harry R. Clements Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Harry Clements was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma, and was raised in both Oklahoma and Kansas.  After graduation from high school, he served in the Army for a short time and then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering from Wichita University (now Wichita State University) in Kansas.  Clements worked in the aerospace and transportation industries in a variety of technical and managerial positions for over 20 years.  He entered government service in 1972 through a personnel exchange program, working at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  The next year, in 1973, Clements was appointed by President Richard Nixon as Deputy Director of the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.  He then served as head of the National Industries for the Severely Handicapped for three years before joining the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as the Director.  After resigning from the BEP in 1982, Clements returned to the private sector and held various positions in the aerospace and defense industries.  He also earned a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University in Virginia.  Clements returned to Kansas in 1988 where he headed a manufacturing firm and later taught economics at Wichita State University.

Henry C. Jewell

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Henry C. Jewell Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Henry Jewell was born and raised in Georgetown in the District of Columbia.  He attended local seminaries as well as school in New York and later entered the United States Navy as an engineer.  While in the Navy, Jewell helped survey the Pacific coast.  After leaving the Navy, he worked as chief accountant for a private banking firm.  Later, as a bookkeeper for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Jewell was responsible for revamping the agency’s accounting system.  He was appointed Chief of the BEP in 1876 but served just over a year.  A prominent citizen of the District of Columbia, Jewell was reportedly close to many leading public figures, including Presidents Grant and Hayes.  Jewell died at the age of 80 in Georgetown.

Henry J. Holtzclaw

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Henry J. Holtzclaw Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Henry Holtzclaw was born in Virginia and attended school in the District of Columbia.  He began at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as a machinist’s helper in 1917.  Although he did not finish school, Holtzclaw rose to become the BEP’s designated mechanical expert and designer in 1931 and later, when that position expanded into the Office of Research and Development Engineering, he served as its first head.  As the mechanical expert for the BEP, Holtzclaw was primarily responsible for developing the electric eye perforator in the 1930s.  In 1949, he became Assistant Director and in 1954 he was appointed Director.  Holtzclaw served as Director for 13 years, the second longest tenure of any BEP head.  He died at age 71, a little more than a year after retiring from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and completing 50 years of government service.

James A. Conlon

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James A. Conlon Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

James Conlon was born and raised in New York City.  He joined the BEP in 1942 as an apprentice plate printer and, after military service in World War II, served in increasingly higher positions of responsibility, including head of the Quality Control Branch, Assistant Chief and later Chief of the Office of Currency and Stamp Manufacturing, Assistant Director of the BEP, and then Deputy Director until his appointment as Director in 1967.  During Conlon’s decade-long tenure as Director, significant improvements were made in BEP production methods, such as the procurement of high-speed, sheet-fed currency presses; installation of prototype currency overprinting and processing equipment; and the acquisition of advanced gravure, intaglio, and gravure/intaglio combination presses for printing multicolor postage stamps.  Conlon entered the private sector upon retirement from government service in 1977.  He died in 2000 at the age of 79.

James L. Wilmeth

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James L. Wilmeth Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

James Wilmeth was born in Chewallah, Tennessee, and he was raised there and in Arkansas.  He attended college in Arkansas and taught public school for several years prior to joining the Treasury Department as a clerk in 1895.  While working at the Treasury, he earned a Bachelor of Law degree from the National University in Washington, DC.  Wilmeth became Assistant Chief of the Money Order Division and was later a law clerk in the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury.  In 1910, he served as Chief Clerk of the Treasury and worked in Europe as the Custodian of Gold before his appointment as Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1917.  Wilmeth was dismissed by Presidential executive order along with 28 other top Bureau officials in 1922 as a result of controversial charges involving the improper duplication of bonds. Later exonerated of wrongdoing and offered reinstatement to the Director position in 1924, Wilmeth declined the appointment.  After leaving the BEP, he worked for an insurance firm, served as National Secretary of the Junior Order of American Mechanics, and won election to the office of mayor in Takoma Park, Maryland.  Wilmeth later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he lived until his death at age 88.

Joseph E. Ralph

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Joseph E. Ralph Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Joseph Ralph was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Joliet, Illinois.  After school, he apprenticed in a steel works machine shop, eventually becoming an expert mechanic.  Ralph was also prominent in union and political activities, which led to his appointment as Assistant Postmaster of the House of Representatives.  He was later selected as Superintendent of Construction at Ellis Island, New York, and in 1892 he was named Deputy Collector for the Customs Department at the Chicago World’s Fair.  Ralph first worked in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as a plate cleaner in 1895 and then as the Custodian of Dies and Rolls in 1897.  In 1906 he was appointed Assistant Director and upon the sudden death of Thomas Sullivan in 1908, he was chosen as Director.  During his tenure, Ralph oversaw the construction of the BEP’s new facility on 15th Street that opened in 1914 and still serves as the BEP’s Main building.  Although he resigned from the BEP in 1917 to head a new banknote company, Ralph eventually went on to become the assistant to the president of the United States Steel Corporation.  He died suddenly at age 59.

Larry E. Rolufs

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Larry E. Rolufs Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Larry Rolufs was born in Springfield, Missouri, and grew up in northern California.  He received a bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University in printing engineering and management and later went on to earn a master's degree in printing management from South Dakota State University.  Rolufs started his government career in 1967, working first at the Internal Revenue Service.  He also held printing management positions with the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Ocean Survey until 1979 when he joined the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as the Assistant Director of Operations.  Rolufs left the Bureau in 1982 to become Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint and later served as a Deputy Treasurer at the Treasury Department.  In 1986, he joined the U.S. General Accounting Office as Chief of Printing and went on to become an Assistant Director in that agency's Office of Information Management and Communications.  Rolufs was appointed Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1995 and served for two years, retiring in 1997 after 30 years of government service.

Larry R. Felix

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Larry R. Felix Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Larry R. Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  He received degrees from the New York City College of Technology, the City College of New York, and later pursued a doctorate in political economy at Columbia University.  He joined the Treasury Department in 1983, working as an account manager in the Savings Bond Division.  In 1992, he entered the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as the Manager of Marketing, Office of Communications.   He became the Chief of the Office of External Relations and went on to become Associate Director for Technology and later Deputy Director.  Felix also chaired the Inter-Agency Currency Design taskforce, which is responsible for recommending technical enhancements to U.S. currency.  He was appointed Director on January 11, 2006.

Louis A. Hill

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Louis A. Hill Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Louis Hill was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Columbian University (now The George Washington University) in Washington, DC.  He worked as an engraver in Philadelphia before beginning work at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1900.  (Hill’s father, John R. Hill, also worked as an engraver at the BEP for over 30 years, from 1882 to 1913.)  He became the Assistant Chief of the Engraving Division in 1913.  As a result of President Harding’s surprise executive order dismissing Director James Wilmeth and 28 other top officials from the BEP, Hill was elevated to the Director’s position in 1922.  He served for about two years but resigned to allow Wilmeth, who had been exonerated and offered reappointment, to return as Director.  Despite Wilmeth’s refusal to return, Hill let his resignation stand.  Little is known of Hill after his departure from the BEP in 1924 until his death in 1933 in Washington, DC.

Major Wallace W. Kirby

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Major Wallace W. Kirby Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Wallace Kirby was a native of Washington, DC.  After attending school, he went into the printing business.  Kirby entered government service in 1900, working for the U.S. Geological Survey.  When the United States entered World War I, he was commissioned as an Army officer and assigned to the Corps of Engineers where he was responsible for map reproduction activities for the Army.  While serving with expeditionary forces in France, Kirby commanded the 29th Engineers, a unit of experts in surveying and map-making.  In February 1924, he was detailed by President Coolidge to head the Bureau of Engraving and Printing after Director Louis Hill’s resignation; however, because a military officer could not hold a civilian position, Congress passed a joint resolution that enabled Kirby to serve for six months while still a commissioned officer.  At the end of his special term as Director, he returned to the Army’s Engineer Reproduction Plant in Washington.  Later, in 1927, Kirby started a printing company—still in operation today in Arlington, Virginia—that he headed until his death at age 81.  Additionally, he was a founding member of the National Association of Photo-Lithographers (later, the National Association of Printers and Lithographers, the forerunner of today’s National Association for Printing Leadership).  Kirby is unique in that he was the only active duty military officer ever to serve as Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the only Director appointed by an act of Congress.  He also has the distinction of serving the shortest amount of time as Director.

Orsamus. H. Irish

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Orsamus. H. Irish Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Orsamus H. Irish was a native of New York. He attended school in Erie, Pennsylvania.  In 1857, Irish moved to Nebraska where he later became the editor and owner of a newspaper in Nebraska City.  He was later made an Indian Agent at the Omaha Reservation in 1861, and in 1864 he was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Northwest with offices at Salt Lake City, Utah.  In 1866, Irish returned to Nebraska, where he served as internal revenue collector for Nebraska and again took up the newspaper business.  Irish was very active in politics, the Masons, and various other causes; he also practiced law and was involved in the railroad business.  In 1869, he was appointed United States Consul at Dresden, Germany.  Returning to Nebraska in 1873, he entered into a nursery business, but in 1875 the nursery was wiped out by grasshoppers.  Irish then moved to Washington, DC, to practice law.  He was appointed Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1877.  The next year, Irish became Chief of the BEP and served in that position until his sudden death at age 53.

Peter H. Daly

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Peter H. Daly Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Peter Daly was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.  Daly began as a management intern in the Treasury Department in 1965 and worked in the Office of Policy Planning as well as in the Savings Bond Division.  He moved to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1968 and worked in labor relations, eventually serving as the first chief of the newly formed Human Resource Development Division.  Daly later worked as the Assistant to the Director and Chief of the Office of Planning and Policy Analysis before leaving to become the Deputy Director of the U.S. Savings Bond program.  In 1983, he returned to the BEP as Deputy Director, and in 1988 he was appointed Director.  During his tenure, Daly oversaw planning and completion of the BEP's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas, the first government currency production plant outside of Washington, DC.  After leaving the BEP in 1995, Daly worked as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, during which time he served on the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.  Upon retiring from government service in 1998, Daly performed contract and private consulting for several corporations and nonprofit agencies. He died in 2017 at the age of 76.

Robert J. Leuver

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Robert J. Leuver Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Robert Leuver is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised there and in Buffalo, New York.  He received a master’s degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and taught high school and college for several years.  He went on to hold numerous managerial and administrative positions in educational, business, and private institutions.  In 1972, he began his government service with ACTION (the umbrella agency for the Peace Corps, VISTA, and other volunteer service agencies).  He went on to hold management posts at the Treasury Department in the Employee Data and Payroll Division and in the Management Information Systems program.  Leuver joined the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1979 as Assistant Director for Administration and later held the Deputy Director position before appointment as Director in 1983.  After resigning from the BEP in 1988, Leuver served as the Executive Director of the American Numismatic Association for 10 years, consulted for printing corporations, earned a Ph.D. in business and economics, and formed a private consulting practice.

Seymour Berry

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Seymour Berry Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Seymour Berry was born and raised in New York City.  Not long after completing high school, he began a plate printer apprenticeship with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1942.  Within a short time, however, Berry went into the Army and served as an infantryman in Europe during World War II.  After the war, he resumed his apprenticeship at the BEP in 1946.  Additionally he attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and eventually received a law degree.  Berry worked his way up in the organization, becoming a plate printing foreman, Superintendent of the Examining Division, Chief of the Office of Securities Processing, and Assistant Director for Administration before being named BEP Director in 1977.  He retired from government service in 1979 after serving over 33 years in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He died in 2008 at the age of 86.

Spencer M. Clark

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Spencer M. Clark Portrait
National Currency Bureau
Years in Office

Spencer Clark was a native of Vermont.  He was involved in a variety of business activities until 1856 when he became a clerk in the Bureau of Construction of the Treasury Department in Washington, DC.  Later, as acting engineer, Clark became interested in the work of finishing new currency notes at the Treasury and gradually assumed increasingly greater responsibilities in the engraving, printing, and processing of U.S. government currency and securities.  A strong advocate for a distinct bureau within the Treasury Department for the production of currency and securities, Clark was the first head of the agency that became the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  He resigned in 1868 amidst a congressional investigation into record-keeping and security within the fledgling currency operations at the Treasury.  Clark went on to work at the Department of Agriculture in the Statistical Division.  He later headed the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the Agriculture Department until his death in 1890.

Thomas A. Ferguson

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Thomas A. Ferguson Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Thomas Ferguson was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey.  He attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and later, while in government service, received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.  He joined the BEP in 1974 as a quality assurance specialist and later served in various production positions including Manager of the Production Management Staff and Chief of Currency Production and Stamp Printing.  In 1988, Ferguson headed the Office of Advanced Counterfeit Deterrence.  He went on to hold management positions as Deputy Assistant Director of Operations and Assistant Director of Research and Technology, during which time he chaired the New Currency Design Task Force that developed recommendations for the new counterfeit deterrent security features incorporated in the Series 1996 currency.  He then served as Assistant Director of Management and Deputy Director before his appointment as the 24th Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1998.

Thomas J. Sullivan

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Thomas J. Sullivan Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Thomas Sullivan was born in Washington, DC, and lived there all his life.  After attending public and private secondary schools, Sullivan received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Georgetown University.  He worked as a bookkeeper for a private banking firm and as a clerk in the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.  Sullivan entered the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1869 as an accountant, becoming principal accountant in 1872.  He became Assistant Chief in 1882 and served in that capacity for almost 25 years before appointment as Director of the BEP in 1906.  Less than two years later, while still serving as Director, Sullivan died of pneumonia at the age of 62.

Truman N. Burrill

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Truman N. Burrill Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

Truman Burrill was born and raised in Elbridge, New York.  In the 1850s, he and his brother operated a dry goods and clothing store in Penn Yan, New York.  With the Civil War underway, Burrill formed and headed an infantry company from New York in 1862, serving until he was discharged for a physical disability in 1863.  He was again commissioned as a captain in 1864 and served on the staffs of several commanding officers as a commissary officer.  After his discharge from the military in 1866, Burrill worked in the furniture-making business in both Rochester and Buffalo, New York.  He entered the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as a storekeeper in 1880 and later was made clerk in charge of proposals and supplies.  From this position, Burrill was appointed Chief in 1883 after the sudden death of O.H. Irish, passing over the Assistant Chief and others closer in line for promotion to the top spot.  He served for just over two years.  After leaving the BEP, Burrill followed various pursuits until his death in New York City in 1896.

William M. Meredith

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William M. Meredith Portrait
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Years in Office

William Meredith was born in Centreville, Indiana.  He attended school, including a year in college, but left to work in his father’s printing office.  Meredith went on to work at the Indianapolis Journal newspaper.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Army but shortly afterwards he was appointed by the Indiana governor to the military post of state commissary-general.  Later, in 1862, Meredith formed a company of volunteers made up mostly of printers and was selected as its captain.  He served with the company until 1864 when he was discharged for service-related injuries.  After the war, Meredith worked as a printer in several cities, becoming foreman at newspapers in Indianapolis and St. Louis.  In 1875, he began work at the Western Bank Note Company in Chicago as superintendent of plate printing.  He was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1889 largely through his association with President Benjamin Harrison, under whom Meredith had served in the Army during the Civil War.  After leaving the BEP in 1893, he returned to the Western Bank Note Company.  He was appointed Chief of the BEP a second time in 1900, making Meredith the only person to hold the top position twice.  He left the BEP in 1906, assuming another position within the Treasury Department, where he remained until his death at age 82.


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Randall Burleson

Randall C. Burleson, CPCM Chief Procurement Officer

The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) is under the general direction of the Associate Director, Chief Financial Officer.  Randall C. Burleson, CPCM, is the Chief Procurement Officer for the BEP and Connie Thomas is Deputy Chief Procurement Officer.

OCPO directs all BEP procurement activities including the award and administration of contracts for research and development, architectural and engineering services, construction, advisory and assistance services, non-personal services, stock supply items, and highly specialized securities printing and processing equipment and services.

Policy and Small Business Division

The Policy and Small Business Division develops, manages, oversees and evaluates BEP's procurement policy, directives and procedures.  The division also manages the office’s Small Business Program.

Other areas of responsibility include providing support and expert advice to the Chief Procurement Officer and Deputy Chief Procurement Officer coordinating procurement reporting requirements and conducting studies, pilots, and other analyses to improve business practices and effectiveness of OCPO activities.  This division is also responsible for responding to all internal and external audits for the office.

Contact:  Navondi Bridges (202) 874-2438


Service Contracts Division

The Service Contracts Division provides acquisition support for all services needed to support BEP’s operations, including Research and Development, Architecture & Engineering, construction, facility maintenance and operations, calibration and maintenance, and analytical studies as well as performing contract administration on those contracts.

Contact:  Gladys Wilks  (202) 874-2636


Production Division

The Production Division is responsible for procuring all equipment, inventory stock items, and materials used in the manufacturing of Federal Reserve notes and other securities as well as performing contract administration on those contracts.  Equipment includes printing presses, processing and packaging equipment, inspection systems and other related items.  Inventory stock items include the purchase of various spare parts (e.g., printing press spare parts), while materials include paper, inks, and other related items (e.g., castor oil, shrink wrap).

Contact:  Tony Sixon  (202) 874-4869


CareersAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Mon, 01/10/2022 - 14:25
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Join Our Team and Be a Part of a World Class Organization!

Here at BEP you can build a successful career in public service as a member of the organization that makes and safeguards America’s paper currency.


Varied Opportunities

You’ll find a wide range of career opportunities at BEP.  We are an innovative, diverse bureau in the Department of the Treasury.  We offer the possibility of employment in information technology, financial management, manufacturing, public affairs, engineering, security, procurement, science, and human resources, just to name a few.



Many different careers use the problem-solving and innovation techniques taught in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, and these skills are in demand now more than ever.  Did you know BEP uses STEAM to make currency?  We use science as a method of quality control, including chemistry to form the special inks, special chrome and nickels baths to make plates for the presses, cleaning solutions that contain acids and oils, and innovative technology to monitor and control presses.  We use technology to develop state-of-the-art overt and covert security features, engineering to maintain our equipment, and art to design the banknote.



BEP employees enjoy valuable benefits and competitive pay.  What makes the experience of working at BEP uniquely satisfying is the knowledge that you are part of the team connecting the American public to our country’s shared heritage and values through manufacturing U.S. currency.  Forging the American spirit onto our nation’s currency gives our employees a feeling of purpose and achievement that’s hard to find anywhere else.

Visit OPM.gov for federal payscale information.

Federal Employees Retirement System

The Federal Employees Retirement System, or FERS, became effective January 1, 1987.  Almost all new employees hired after December 31, 1983, are automatically covered by FERS. Certain other federal employees not covered by FERS have the option to transfer into the plan.  FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan.  The three components are:

  • Social Security Benefits
  • Basic Benefit Plan
  • Thrift Savings Plan

You pay full Social Security taxes and a small contribution to the Basic Benefit Plan.  In addition, the agency puts an amount equal to 1% of your basic pay each pay period into your Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account.  You can make tax-deferred contributions to the TSP and a portion is matched by the government.

The three components of FERS work together to give you a strong financial foundation for your retirement years.

For more comprehensive information, you may visit the OPM website on retirement.

Health Benefits

The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program helps protect you and your eligible family members from the expenses of illness and accident.  It is a voluntary program, and you have 60 days from the date of your appointment to enroll in the plan of your choice or waive coverage.

  • Fee-for-service
  • HMO
  • High Deductible
  • Consumer Driven

You and the government share the cost of your enrollment.  Premiums and coverage are adjusted annually.  There is an annual opportunity (open season) to make changes in your enrollment.  This coverage is also available to federal retirees who were enrolled in an FEHB plan for the five years of service immediately before retirement.  For more comprehensive information, you may visit the OPM website on health benefits.

Thrift Savings Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees covered by the FERS and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).

  • Before tax savings and tax deferred investment earnings
  • Low administrative and investment expenses
  • Choice of three investment funds
  • Interfund transfers
  • Attractive loan program
  • Choice of withdrawal options

TSP is a defined contribution plan.  The retirement income that you receive will depend upon how much you (and your agency, if you are a FERS employee) have contributed to your account during your working years and the earnings on those contributions.  The contributions that you make to your TSP account are voluntary and separate from your contributions to your FERS or CSRS.

TSP is an integral part of FERS employee retirement package.  FERS participants can contribute up to 10% of their basic pay each pay period. FERS employees are also entitled to receive agency contributions.  Once a FERS employee is eligible to participate in TSP, the agency contributes an amount equal to 1% of basic pay each pay period.  When FERS employees begin contributing to their TSP account, the agency makes matching contributions that apply to the first 5% of pay each pay period.  Your contributions are matched dollar for dollar for the first 3% and 50 cents on the dollar for the next 2%.

Although CSRS employees do not receive agency matching or 1% contributions, they may contribute up to 5% of their basic pay to TSP.

On October 1, 2020, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) increased the automatic enrollment percentage to 5% of pay for all FERS, CSRS, and Blended Retirement System (BRS) participants who are automatically enrolled in TSP on or after October 1, 2020, and for BRS participants automatically re-enrolled in TSP on or after January 1, 2021, per 5 CFR § 1600.34 and 1600.37.

For more comprehensive information, you may visit TSP.gov.

Work-Life Flexibility

Work-Life FlexibilityAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Tue, 01/18/2022 - 13:06
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Work-Life Enrichment Programs create a more flexible, responsive work environment to support an employee’s commitments to community, family and home. Balancing family, personal and work life is important to maintain a diverse, effective and engaged workforce.

Unique Work Schedules

The BEP offers a variety of work schedules depending on the position into which you are hired.  Due to the uniqueness of our mission, BEP operates on a 24-hour, three-shift schedule for manufacturing employees.  Evening and midnight shift employees earn 15% night-differential pay.

Flexible work schedules for some employees offer options to manage today’s family and work needs.  Eligible employees can take advantage of flextime or compressed work schedules with their supervisor’s approval.


Holidays and Vacation Time

Vacation time accrues according to the length of your service.  In addition to 10 paid holidays per calendar year, paid vacation can range from 13 to 26 days per year for fulltime employees, depending on how long you have worked for the federal government.  Paid vacation time is earned at a pro-rated rate for part-time employees.


Sick Leave

Full-time employees receive 13 paid sick days per year.  Sick leave is earned at a prorated rate for part-time employees.



Telework offers employees in eligible positions the opportunity to perform their duties at alternative work sites, which may include an employee’s home.


Transportation Cost Assistance

A transportation subsidy may be available to employees who come to work via public transportation.


Leave Programs

Family and personal leave programs provide Family/Medical leave to employees to care for newborns, adopted children and other family members under covered circumstances.


Nursing Room

All BEP locations provide a quiet room with a locking refrigerator and comfortable chairs to help nursing mothers make the transition back to work.


Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a program offered to assist employees and their family members manage issues in their work and personal lives.  EAP offers assessment and referral services along with short-term counseling.  Counseling is available on a voluntary basis to help manage issues surrounding substance abuse, emotional distress, major life events, health care concerns, financial concerns, family/personal relationship issues and work relationship issues.


Life Insurance

The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program offers affordable coverage and benefits amounts which the employee shares the cost of a basic plan with the federal government.  There are three additional insurance options available (Standard, Additional and Family) which increases coverage for the employee and/or his or her family.


Medical Insurance

The Federal Employee’s Health Benefits Program (FEHB) provides a variety of shared-costs plans, which are even more affordable because employees pay their premiums with pre-tax dollars.


Health Insurance

Health Insurance options include Fee-for-Service with a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Point of Service, High Deductible Health Plans or Consumer Driven Health Plans.  Typical benefits include, but are not limited to, hospital, in-patient and out-patient, mental health and substance abuse care. Prescription drug coverage is also included.  There are no waiting periods or preexisting condition limitations under FEHB.


Vision or Dental Insurance

The Federal Employee Dental/Vision Program (FEDVIP) is available to employees eligible to enroll in FEHB and their family members.  Premiums are withheld from employees’ salaries on a pre-tax basis.


Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

An account where pre-tax dollars are contributed by employees for projected medical expenses.  Employees have the option of two different flexible spending accounts:  health care and dependent care.


Long Term Care Insurance Program

Long Term Care Insurance offers comprehensive coverage for nursing home, assisted living facility, home health care, hospice and respite care services if you become unable to care for yourself or qualifying family members.  For more information regarding the healthcare and insurance available to BEP employees, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Education, Training and Development

Education, Training and DevelopmentAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Mon, 01/10/2022 - 14:25
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The Office of Human Resources’ Center for Excellence provides quality training for employees.  Its mission is to enable achievement of individual excellence and organizational high performance by creating continuous learning and development opportunities for all BEP employees.  Its vision is to bring continuous educational opportunities to the world's premier securities printer.

Goals of the Office of Human Resources’ Center for Excellence:

Add to BEP productivity through individual improvement in:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Technical Experience
  • Business Excellence

The Center for Excellence provides BEP employees with assistance in all their training and development needs, whether they are professional or organizational.  The Center for Excellence was formed in response to advancing technology and the need to prepare employees for such changes, and to make them aware of skills they may be underutilizing.

The Center for Excellence will make a concentrated effort toward improving the basic skills of the employees in the jobs most affected by changes in technology and will provide an array of different training vehicles such as computer-based, self-paced, video, as well as some other traditional training methods.

The BEP’s goal is that these varied learning opportunities will enrich employees' careers and promote organizational excellence.


The Merit Promotion Program

The underlying principle of our Merit Promotion Program is the identification, qualification evaluation and selection of candidates made without regard to political, religious, labor organization affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap, or age, and shall be based solely on job-related criteria in accordance with legitimate position requirements.


The Merit Promotion Program is directed toward:

  • Contributing to the accomplishment of mission goals by staffing positions with high-quality employees.
  • Providing career opportunities for employees and ensuring that all employees are fully informed of those opportunities.
  • Bringing to the attention of management high-quality employees who have the capacity to perform in more responsible assignments.
  • Fostering and facilitating the mobility of employees in the interest of broadening their experiences and increasing their qualifications.
  • Ensuring the maximum utilization of employees in positions for which they are best qualified.
  • Ensuring that the skills, qualifications, achievements and promotion potential of employees are recognized and fairly considered in the staffing process.
  • Encouraging employees to improve their performance to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities.

Veterans Hiring Programs

Veterans Hiring ProgramsAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Mon, 01/10/2022 - 14:25
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Veterans Hiring Preference

Veterans hiring preference gives eligible veterans preference over others on competitive lists of eligible candidates and applies to permanent and temporary appointments in the competitive and excepted services of the executive branch.  Preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to executive branch positions for which Senate confirmation is required.

Preference applies in hiring from civil service examinations conducted by Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and agencies under delegated examining authority, for most excepted service jobs including Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), and when agencies make temporary, term, and overseas limited appointments. Veteran preference does not apply to promotion, reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, reinstatement or direct hire announcements.

The following preference categories and points are based on 5 U.S.C 2108 and 3309 as modified by length of service requirement in 38 U.S.C 5303A(d).


0-Point Preference Sole Survivorship Preference (SSP)

This is a relatively new category was established for veterans released or discharged from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a “sole survivorship discharge.”

Under the sole survivorship preference, the individual (1) does not receive veterans’ preference points as other preference eligibles do when the “rule of 3” is applied; (2) is entitled to be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles with the same score on an examination, or listed ahead of non-preference eligibles in the same quality category when agencies are using category rating; (3) is entitled to receive the same pass over rights as other preference eligibles; and (4) is entitled to credit experience in the armed forces to meet the qualification requirements for federal jobs.

No points are added to the passing score or rating of a veteran who is the only surviving child in a family in which the father or mother or one or more siblings:

  • Served in the armed forces; and
  • Was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100% disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization), where the death, status, or disability did not result from the intentional misconduct or willful neglect of the parent or sibling and was not incurred during a period of unauthorized absence.


5-Point Preference (TP)

Five points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a veteran who served:

  • During a war; or
  • During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976; or
  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992; or
  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or
  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty.  The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligibles separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.


10-Point Compensable Disability Preference (CP)

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.


10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS)

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.


10-Point Disability Preference (XP)

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the Department of Veterans Affairs but does not qualify as a CP or CPS; or
  • A veteran who received a Purple Heart.


10-Point Derived Preference (XP)

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of spouses, widows, widowers or mothers of veterans as described below.  This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a veteran who is not able to use the preference.

Both a mother and a spouse (including widow or widower) may be entitled to preference on the basis of the same veteran's service if they both meet the requirements.  However, neither may receive preference if the veteran is living and is qualified for federal employment.

Acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility must be provided at the time of the application.  This should include the member 4 copy of your DD214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”.  If claiming 10 point preference due to disability, the letter from the Veterans Administration declaring your percentage of disability.

If claiming derived preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form SF15, “Application for 10 Point Veterans’ Preference.

For more information about veterans’ preference, please visit OPM’s FedsHireVets website.

Working at BEP

Working at BEPAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Tue, 01/18/2022 - 13:15
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The BEP has six directorates in two facilities that contribute to its overall mission:  “To develop and produce United States currency notes, trusted worldwide.”  The main responsibilities of each directorate, as well as some of its key positions, are listed below.

Director’s Directorate

Responsible for supporting the Director and the Senior Executive Team, and BEP’s mission and its strategic goals.  This directorate includes the Office of Chief Counsel and the Office of External Relations.

Key positions include:

  • Attorney
  • Public Affairs Specialist


Chief Information Officer Directorate

Responsible for overseeing BEP’s technological infrastructure.  This directorate is responsible for the management of our information assets and technology projects, information security, system development and maintenance, and product assurance.

Key positions include:

  • IT Specialist
  • IT Project Manager
  • Program Analyst


Manufacturing Directorate

Responsible for manufacturing U.S. paper currency and other security documents.

Key positions include:

  • Offset Printer
  • Plate Printer
  • Platemaker
  • Engraver
  • Electro-machinist


Product Design and Development Directorate

Responsible for the banknote development process for each denomination of U.S. currency.

Key positions include:

  • Designer
  • Technology Analyst
  • Physicist


Quality Directorate

Responsible for BEP’s Quality Objectives which include providing excellent service and quality products to our customers, ensuring products meet customer quality requirements, and continuously improving manufacturing operations and prevention capabilities.

Key positions include:

  • General Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Chemist


Management Directorate

Responsible for security, human resources, facilities support, and environment, health and safety.

Key positions include:

  • Police Officer
  • Security Specialist
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Capital Analyst
  • Employee and Labor Relations Specialist
  • Safety and Occupational Health Manager
  • Plumber


Chief Financial Officer Directorate

Responsible for the development of BEP’s budget while overseeing the procurement of goods and services.

Key positions include:

  • Accountant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Contract Specialist
  • Internal Auditor
  • Mutilated Currency Examiner

Applying to BEP

Applying to BEPAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Mon, 01/10/2022 - 14:25
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Review the list of job announcements on USAjobs.gov, decide which jobs you are interested in, and follow the instructions on the job posting. 


Preparing Your Resume

Here's what your resume or application must contain (in addition to specific information requested in the job vacancy announcement):

Job Information

  • Announcement number, and title and grade(s) of the job you are applying for 

Personal Information

  • Full name, mailing address (with ZIP Code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)
  • Country of citizenship (most federal jobs require United States citizenship)
  • Veterans preference (DD 214 or other proof may be required)
  • Reinstatement eligibility (if requested, attached SF 50 proof of your career or career-conditional status)
  • Highest federal civilian grade held (also give job series and dates held) 


  • High school - Name, City, and State (ZIP Code if known)
  • Date of diploma or GED
  • Colleges or universities - Name, City, and State (ZIP Code if known)
  • Majors
  • Type and year of any degrees received (If no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours)
  • Send a copy of your college transcript only if the job vacancy announcement requests it

Work Experience

Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job your are applying for.  (Do not send job descriptions.)

  • Job title (include series and grade if federal job)
  • Duties and accomplishments
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number
  • Starting and ending dates (month and year)
  • Hours per week
  • Salary
  • Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor

Other Qualifications

  • Job-related training courses (title and year)
  • Job-related skills, for example, other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed 
  • Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments, for example, publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, and performance awards (Give dates but do not send documents unless requested.)

Environmental Stewardship

Environmental StewardshipAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Tue, 01/18/2022 - 14:01
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Everything we do supports producing secure, high-quality banknotes that meet customer requirements, minimizing our environmental impact, and exceeding our compliance requirements.  We are committed to continually improving products and processes, protecting the environment through prevention of pollution, and investing in our employees, facilities, and equipment to enable that improvement and provide a safe workplace.

BEP’s environmental management system conforms to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2015, an internationally recognized standard focused on managing and improving environmental, health and safety programs.  Continual improvement of BEP’s ISO 14001 management system is demonstrated by the positive results of the ISO 14001 third-party audits and long-term improvements in key performance metrics.

Protecting the Environment

The BEP has numerous ongoing projects with significant environmental benefits.

Single Note Inspection (SNI) Process

In FY 2021, BEP continued to develop and use SNI, a process that reclaims individual notes that pass quality standards from sheets of currency that contain at least one defective note.  Previously, BEP shredded all sheets that contain at least one defective note.  Each sheet contains either 32 or 50 notes.  SNI is currently run on $1, $5, $20 and $100 currency notes.  The BEP reclaimed 258.1 million notes at our Fort Worth facility and 37.5 million notes at our Washington, D.C. facility in FY 2021, which diverted 309.7 tons of currency wastepaper materials from municipal solid waste disposal.  Without reclaiming these notes, BEP would have used an additional 51.7 tons of ink and 3.5 tons of solvent to complete its currency order and would have generated an additional 875,000 gallons of wastewater, 2.1 tons of air pollutants and 75.5 tons of industrial solid and hazardous wastes.

High-Efficiency Lighting Systems

The BEP is upgrading interior lighting by installing LED lamps through large areas at both facilities.  LED lamps reduce energy consumption and provide a better lighting experience and work environment while also reducing fluorescent bulb breakage and hazardous waste disposal costs.  At the Washington, D.C. facility in FY 2019, BEP re-lamped office areas and common spaces, saving 1,960 megawatt hours (MWh) per year of electricity and reducing GHG emissions by 677.5 metric tons of CO2 per year.  In FY 2020, BEP initiated the second phase of this project, the re-lamping of production wings, which is expected to save an additional 1,850 MWh of electricity per year and to yield a GHG emissions reduction of 604 metric tons of CO2/year when it is completed.  This project is planned for completion in FY 2022.  At the Fort Worth facility, the re-lamping project is expected to provide an annual savings of 1,238 MWh and 877 metric tons of GHG emissions.

Plant Optimization Systems

The Fort Worth facility is implementing a Central Plant Optimization project to increase plant efficiency through predictive control machine learning technology, and adjusting the chillers, heat exchangers, pumps, boilers, cooling towers, and other plant equipment in order to achieve optimal efficiency.  The plant modeling will be conducted during the project, but a conservative 5% annual energy savings is estimated to be 540 MWH and 383 metric tons of GHG.  The project commenced during FY 2021 and is targeted for completion in FY 2022.

Improved Air Handler Efficiency

During FY 2021 the Washington, D.C. facility awarded a contract to install variable frequency drives (VFDs) on 19 air handlers in the building.  This was initiated during FY 2021 and will be completed during FY 2022.  The BEP estimates that this project will reduce annual energy consumption by 20 Btu, which will yield a GHG reduction of 1,940 metric tons.

We are honored that the Fort Worth facility won two awards during the City of Fort Worth Water Department’s 23rd annual Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony on November 3, 2021.  During the virtual ceremony, the Fort Worth facility was honored with the Pretreatment Stewardship Award, which is the highest-level pretreatment award of the four levels:  Star, Associate, Partnership and Stewardship.  We received the award for 12 years of 100% compliance.

The Fort Worth facility also received a Pollution Prevention Award for its Offset Printing VOC Reduction Project, which involved connecting the Simultan presses to the Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer to reduce volatile organic compounds.  The maximum emissions are anticipated to be less than five tons per year.  The project illustrates BEP’s commitment to the environment and the City of Fort Worth.

Reporting and Planning

Reporting and PlanningAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Tue, 01/25/2022 - 11:33

CFO Reports

CFO ReportsAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Mon, 01/10/2022 - 14:25

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Performance and Accountability Report reflects a long tradition of strong financial management and timely financial reporting at the BEP.

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management

Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity ManagementAlison.Wargo@bep.gov Mon, 01/10/2022 - 14:25
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Mission Statement: To provide leadership, direction, and guidance on effective execution of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s (BEP) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) program responsibilities and ensure BEP establishes and maintains a Model DEIA Program.  

Policy Statements

Reasonable Accommodations Policy Statement

Diversity Policy 

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement 

Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy Statement 

Anti-Harassment Policy Statement 

Sexual Harassment Policy Statement 

Personal Assistant Services Policy Statement

Sexually Offensive/Unauthorized Material on BEP Property 

Responsibility for Timely Cooperating in the EEO Complaint Process 


Affirmative Actions Plans

Affirmative Action Plan FY2017 

Affirmative Action Plan FY2018

Affirmative Action Plan FY2019

Affirmative Action Plan FY2020 



MD 715 Report FY2018

MD 715 Report FY2019

MD 715 Report FY2020 



Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures 

Personal Assistance Services Procedures 

Procedures for Requesting Reasonable Accommodations 


DEIA Programs

  • Affirmative Employment Program
  • Affirmative Action Program
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program
  • Anti-Harassment Program (AHP)
  • Complaints Program
  • Diversity & Inclusion Program
  • Personal Assistance Program
  • Reasonable Accommodation Program
  • Special Emphasis Program


Filing an EEO Complaint:

If you are a federal employee or job applicant, the law protects you from discrimination because of your race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability,  genetic information or retaliation from prior protected activity (opposition to employment discrimination, filing a complaint of discrimination, or participation in other protected activity such as being a witness in an EEO complaint, answering questions during an employer investigation of alleged harassment, resisting sexual advances, or requesting accommodation for a disability or for a religious practice).


Filing Deadlines:

You must contact an EEO Counselor and signify intent to enter into the EEO informal complaint process within 45 calendar days from the alleged discriminatory action or when you first became aware of the alleged discriminatory action.  If your complaint is not resolved during the informal process, you will be provided a Notice of Right to File a Formal Complaint.  Your complaint must be filed within 15 calendar days.


Contact information:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, OEODM is unable to accept in-person, regular mail and fax communications.  Furthermore, in-person intake of complaints and EEO counseling have been suspended.  These services are currently provided by phone and/or email.

If you wish to file an EEO complaint, please contact OEODM via email at OEODM@bep.gov, by phone (202) 874-3460 or TTY: (202) 874-4931