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e-LYNXX’ Gindlesperger Rallies Support for Public Printer’s Outsourcing Pitch

March 2, 2011
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CHAMBERSBURG, PA—March 2, 2011—Public Printer William Boarman’s Facebook response this week to an article about increasing the flow of work from federal agencies to private sector printers through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) hit the nail on the head, according to William Gindlesperger, chairman and CEO of e-LYNXX Corp. “Mr. Boarman assured the thousands of private sector printers who depend on GPO, that printing will continue to be procured under his guardianship,” Gindlesperger said. 

Printing jobs valued at more than $358 million were awarded in 2010 by GPO on behalf of the Executive Office of the President, Congress the Supreme Court, executive departments and independent federal agencies. Boarman, in his comments, said that work valued at many times that amount could and should be channeled through GPO to an industry that has historically produced 75+ percent of GPO’s printing (with the remaining portion produced by GPO’s own printing shop). Gindlesperger said the difficulty is that federal agencies have pulled printing in-house rather than sending it to GPO under the requirements of Title 44 of the U.S. Code. That code states that all federal agencies are to use the GPO to obtain their printing.

Boarman stated, “Data recently published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as part of the FY2012 budget shows about $1.4 billion in direct obligations for printing and reproduction for the Federal Government for fiscal year 2010. Excluding GPO’s component of $104 million for congressional work and printing for our Superintendent of Documents, this leaves nearly $1.3 billion in direct printing obligations for the rest of the government. GPO’s procurement revenue last year was about $500 million, or about 40 percent of these direct obligations, leaving a balance of about $800 million that did not come through GPO.

“Our sense is that it most likely represents work produced in-house by federal agencies. That’s a significant volume of printing which, if opened up to GPO’s procurement program where costs could be reduced by as much as 50 percent compared with agency plants, represents a potential annual savings of up to $400 million for the taxpayers. More private sector jobs will be needed to handle that additional volume of work flowing through the procurement program, which will help our Nation’s economic recovery.”

Gindlesperger said numbers reported by the OMB are necessarily incorrect. “There exists a huge body of printing spread across the entire federal government that goes unreported as a result of the way printing is booked. Often, printing is booked as a project cost, or a communication expense, or part of a larger training project, or as copying expense, or simply as paper purchased (while labor, equipment and other printing costs are booked under separate spend categories), or in any number of other ways to conceal the in house printing shop activities.
 

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Henry Freedman - Posted on March 02, 2011
This topic is revisited every so many years. In the '70s, many hearings were conducted to review Title 44 to modernize it. A breakdown between the Executive Agencies and the JCP occurred. After all the hearings one of the key results was that DoD was able to break their printing away from the general mess. Many agencies simply cannot procure their printing due to special needs for confidentiality. If the government can't measure it, they can't control it so it will go unchanged. The more you dig here, the more printing will go away. If agencies are forced to send work to the GPO you will see less of it and the printing industry will lose. So be careful for what you wish for.
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Henry Freedman - Posted on March 02, 2011
This topic is revisited every so many years. In the '70s, many hearings were conducted to review Title 44 to modernize it. A breakdown between the Executive Agencies and the JCP occurred. After all the hearings one of the key results was that DoD was able to break their printing away from the general mess. Many agencies simply cannot procure their printing due to special needs for confidentiality. If the government can't measure it, they can't control it so it will go unchanged. The more you dig here, the more printing will go away. If agencies are forced to send work to the GPO you will see less of it and the printing industry will lose. So be careful for what you wish for.