At GPO, our revenues recover all of these costs, as with any business. In the agencies, however, it's not clear whether the budgeted printing and reproduction costs cover all, just a part, or any of those costs. Most importantly, the numbers reported in the federal budget don't distinguish how much federal printing is appropriately being performed in authorized facilities, and how much is being performed that can and should be sent to GPO for procurement.
7 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- www.printingnews.com 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- PNEW 083109 p.01-06-08_10_12.indd 7 8/25/09 4:33 PM 12 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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