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Spending Bill Dies, but Cost of Printing Substantial

December 22, 2010
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WASHINGTON, DC—The omnibus spending bill that never saw the light of day, a 1,926-page monster, nonetheless set taxpayers back $78,000 to print 650 copies of it, according to the Washington Times. That's more than 1.25 million pages wasted, and that $78,000 worth of printing is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion in spending contained in that bill.

Speaking of Congress, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his wastebook report, which highlights government programs he feels are pointless. One of this year's targets: the Government Printing Office's (GPO) educational comic book, "Squeaks Discovers Type!" It cost $60,000 to print a run of 5,500, and the $5 cover price would only cover less than half of the cost. The GPO called the loss a marketing expense.
 
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Todd Herzberg - Posted on December 23, 2010
The Government has their own printing division, so this was probably printed there. No printer would stay in business a year charging rates like that in the "real world"! If this job went out for bids, they could do it for 1/3 the cost, and still be in the DC area probably!
Robert Johannes - Posted on December 22, 2010
Let's see... at $78,000 for 1.25 million pages, someone spent over 6 cents a page for what is essentially a copy job. That's about double the market rate, even with good binding. Just another tip to those who think they have have costs under control in D.C.
James - Posted on December 22, 2010
Has anyone else crunched the math on the printing tab for this? Most of these 'spending bills' are simply black and white print on recycled white paper. 650x1926=1,251,900 pages. 78,000 divided by 1,251,900 = 7 cents per page How in the WORLD does a printer get away with charging such a high rate per page on government work?
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Todd Herzberg - Posted on December 23, 2010
The Government has their own printing division, so this was probably printed there. No printer would stay in business a year charging rates like that in the "real world"! If this job went out for bids, they could do it for 1/3 the cost, and still be in the DC area probably!
Robert Johannes - Posted on December 22, 2010
Let's see... at $78,000 for 1.25 million pages, someone spent over 6 cents a page for what is essentially a copy job. That's about double the market rate, even with good binding. Just another tip to those who think they have have costs under control in D.C.
James - Posted on December 22, 2010
Has anyone else crunched the math on the printing tab for this? Most of these 'spending bills' are simply black and white print on recycled white paper. 650x1926=1,251,900 pages. 78,000 divided by 1,251,900 = 7 cents per page How in the WORLD does a printer get away with charging such a high rate per page on government work?