GPO’S Print Procurement Program Helps Stimulate Local Economies

The U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) print procurement program awarded nearly $439.7 million in contracts with private sector printing companies across the country to meet the printing and publishing needs of Federal agencies in fiscal year 2019. Nearly 78% of all printing ordered by Federal agencies from GPO is performed by private sector firms working under contract with the agency. GPO typically awards contracts to 1,000–2,000 printing contractors a year on a competitive basis. Nearly 10,000 companies are registered to do business with the agency, using GPO as their one-stop shop for print and related services contract opportunities. In fiscal year 2019, GPO awarded jobs to vendors in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. GPO’s relationship with the private sector dates back to the 1940s. This program provides significant economic opportunity for the printing industry and local economies.

GPO’s top contractors for FY 2019:

  • RR DONNELLEY -----------------------------------------$53.7 million 
  • LSC COMMUNICATIONS------------------------------ $35.5 million
  • NPC INC. ---------------------------------------------------$28.1 million
  • XEROX SPEC. INFO. SYS.----------------------------$27.4 million
  • FEDEX OFFICE (GPOEXPRESS) -------------------$14.1 million
  • MONARCH LITHO, INC. --------------------------------$12.2 million
  • PINNACLE DATA SYSTEMS---------------------------- $8.6 million
  • RICOH-HSSK FORENSICS------------------------------$8.3 million
  • GATEWAY PRESS, INC.---------------------------------- $7.7 million

“GPO’s long-standing partnership with the private sector printing industry continues to provide benefits for Federal agencies and the American taxpayer,” said GPO Director Hugh Halpern. “Getting the best value for our agency customers, helping in job creation for local economies and providing exceptional customer service are commitments of our printing procurement program and reflect GPO’s overall mission of Keeping America Informed.”

Studies by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Joint Committee on Printing have shown that the most cost-effective use of Federal agency printing dollars is through GPO's partnership with the private sector printing and information product industry. Federal agencies realize significant savings by using GPO, as compared to printing products themselves. In addition, when agencies use GPO, their information products are made available to the public through GPO's Federal Depository Library and Publications and Information Sales programs.

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