In-house Operation Awarded U.S. Department of State Printing Contract
GPS to recreate entire worldwide infrastructure and provide all publishing services
WASHINGTON DC—October 23, 2006—Following a rigorous government selection process, the Department of State awarded a 10-year contract worth $164 million to its revamped in-house printing and publishing organization, Global Publishing Solutions (GPS). The award decision culminated an 18-month public-private competition, comparing the government’s ability to provide a commercial service with the private sector bidders’ ability to accomplish the same service. Competitive Sourcing is one of the five Government-wide initiatives of the President’s Management Agenda, which is the Administration’s strategy for improving the management and performance of the Federal government.
The competition encompassed 199 positions, including Foreign Service, Civil Service, Foreign Service Nationals, and contractors. The Department expects to save approximately $80 million dollars over the life of the contract as a result of this competition, with improved quality and increased capability to reach overseas audiences with America’s message.
Under Competitive Sourcing, both the government and interested private sector companies submitted technical and cost proposals to illustrate how they would satisfy the global printing and publishing needs of the Department of State, including graphic design and creation, copier management, and implementation of a standardized worldwide publishing workflow.
The US Department of State requirements for publishing have changed dramatically over the years and especially under the current Administration. As part of her Global Diplomatic Repositioning Initiative, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has directed the Department to support developing nations as they work to become progressive democracies. In addition to moving hundreds of personnel from Europe and Washington to transitional countries and reallocating budgets to capture funds for the effort, the initiative also requires the best means of communicating America’s message to developing nations, where computers are scarce and populations continue to rely on printed materials.
To accommodate Rice’s Transformational Diplomacy initiative, GPS has devoted many months and resources to evaluating best practice options. As part of this effort, GPS employs state-of-the-art strategies and counsel from one of the industry’s pre-eminent experts, David Zwang.