Print Industry Leader Calls for More Federal Government Work to Private Sector Printers
He added that what this does is undermine private sector printers — tax paying businesses — that have a long history of supporting federal agencies with quality work and competitive pricing. This pricing in most cases is for far less than the same work can be accomplished at GPO or government agency in-house print facilities.
This fact was substantiated in the early 1990's when the Department of Defense Printing Services (DPS) created one of the largest visible print production groups in federal government. The idea that the Department of Defense would use taxpayer dollars to compete with private sector printers — as opposed to using that money for the national defense — infuriated printers, taxpayers and a handful of people in Congress.
"Yet, the Department of Defense still operates in-house print facilities galore – even after an intense grassroots communications campaign to Senators and Congressmen," Gindlesperger pointed out. The National Performance Review (NPR), now called National Partnership for Reinventing Government, listened to print industry input and read reports regarding government print costs. It was concluded that government in-house print costs substantially more than the same print being procured from the private sector.
"The results of all this is somehow not surprising. In all of these years — the in-house facilities keep sucking up tax payer dollars, private sector printers keep going out of business, and various Administrations and Congress continue to build an unrelenting history of doing nothing to solve the problem. Waivers and government in-house print plants persist and persist and persist. After all $30 billion here and $30 billion there is not enough money to worry about," Gindlesperger said.
What is at stake is clear, he emphasized, is that if the liberal grant of waivers continues to go unchecked, more and more private sector printers that depend on GPO work will go out of business. Taxpayers will continue to pay more for print being done in-house rather than the print being outsourced.