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           GPO Enjoys Long-Standing Partnership with Print Industry
          By Bob Tapella                              mation products will be made avail-       ated with non-GPO federal printing,     and reproduction (object class 2400)
          Editor’s Note: This piece was submitted     able for dissemination to the public,     but in our long association with this   for the federal government is esti-
          in direct response to the article running   and helps ensure the enforcement of       problem we’re not aware of costs        mated at $2.524 billion for FY 2009.
          this week, titled ‘Print Can Help Boost     laws and policies concerning recycled     anywhere near this magnitude for        Adjusting for possible double-count-
          the Economy,’ beginning on page 1.          paper, vegetable oil-based inks, and      the annual value of authorized fed-     ing of reimbursable obligations in
                                                                    other requirements.         eral printing.                          these numbers (where GPO’s printing
          The procurement of                                                                                                            procurement program is concerned),
          commercially obtain-                                      GPO traditionally has       A more supportable estimate is          it appears that GPO sees approxi-
          able federal printing by                                  supported maximizing        contained in the object class analy-    mately half of all federal printing
          GPO on behalf of fed-                                     the procurement of com-     sis for the fiscal year 2009 federal    being performed today, an allocation
          eral agencies has been a                                  mercially procurable        budget published by the Office of       that is roughly consistent with previ-
          staple of our operations                                  printing to the greatest    Management and Budget (OMB).            ous analyses of these numbers.
          since the Second World                                    extent possible, but we     This analysis indicates that printing                     continued on page 12
          War. Today, more than                                     also traditionally have
          78 percent of GPO’s                                       recognized the need of
          printing revenue (exclu-                                  agencies to have some
          sive of passport work) is                                 level of print production
          from agencies for work                                    capability of their own.
          procured by GPO from                                      Some federal printing
          the private sector print-   Bob Tapella                   is specifically exempted
          ing industry. GPO has a                                   by law from the require-
          long-standing partner-                                    ment to use GPO, such
          ship with America’s printing indus-         as printing for the national security
          try to provide for the government’s         agencies. There is also some print-
          printing needs.                             ing that is performed legitimately in
                                                      agencies—limited, quick turnaround
          GPO competitively buys products             printing to support internal agency
          and services from thousands of pri-         administrative operations—as autho-
          vate sector firms nationwide in one         rized by waivers for internal plants
          of the government’s most successful         issued in past years by the Joint
          procurement programs, assuring              Committee on Printing.
          the most cost-effective use of the
          taxpayers’ printing dollar. More            The problem comes when
          than 80 percent of the printing con-        printing capabilities established
          tracts GPO awards go to small busi-         for these purposes are expanded to
          nesses, supporting this vital sector of     produce printing needs that
          America’s economy.                          can and should be more cost-effec-
                                                      tively performed through GPO’s pro-
                                                      curement program. We agree
          Over the years, GPO has                     with Mr. Gindlesperger that this
          encouraged Congress                         problem is widespread, particularly
                                                      as printing and duplicating technolo-
          to conduct a study to                       gies, which now include digital
          determine the extent                        technologies, have emerged to pro-

          of printing being                           vide agencies with expanded produc-
                                                      tion capabilities.
          performed in agencies
          that should come                            Over the years we have
                                                      commented on this issue in testi-
          through GPO. The review                     mony before Congress. Our view is
          could be performed                          that agencies should be equipped
          by the Government                           only with the capacity necessary
                                                      to fulfill either their own limited
          Accountability Office or                    administrative needs. Otherwise,
                                                                                                                                                                                     PRINTING NEWS, MONDAY, August 31, 2009

          a GAO-recommended                           unless there are extraordinary cases
                                                      in which GPO is unable to fulfill a
          independent entity, with                    printing requirement or procure it
          GPO assistance.                             from the private sector, the work
                                                      should be sent to GPO.
          This program makes good economic
          sense. As Mr. Gindlesperger notes,          Among the difficulties in enforcing
          past studies have shown that the            this policy has been the absence of
          work GPO procures from the private          reliable data to measure how much
          sector is less expensive than work          and where the work that should be
          performed in federal agency plants.         coming to GPO is actually being
          Utilization of GPO’s services by            performed. Mr. Gindlesperger sug-
          federal agencies also ensures that          gests that there may be $30 billion
          government publications and infor-          to $90 billion in current costs associ-

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                                                                   Book Business                               ing the company his approval, he             there’s still price sensitivity, but they   there’s no way you’re going to get
                                                                   continued from page 10                      listed it on his Web site’s index as a       r
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