More GPO Work to Private Sector Printers or Not?
“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,” Boarman concluded.
That said, why does GPO’s “Strategic Plan for 2011 through 2015” (PDF) only include a passing reference to private sector printers? And why does it state that the GPO needs to invest in employees and technology to create first-rate, system-wide solutions?
It would seem that if GPO is serious about channeling more federal printing to the private sector, its strategic plan would place more emphasis on redirecting the $800 million being done by agencies to independent printers...as it was directed to do in the 1960s.
The plan does say in its “Statutory Foundation – Title 44 U.S.C.” section that the GPO will identify and pursue federal print jobs not now being done by GPO. What it does not say is whether that work will be going to private sector printers or will it be done at enhanced GPO facilities.
Even a quarter of the $800 million now being done by federal agencies would bring GPO work for private sector printers back to the half-billion-dollar level.
There seems to be a disconnect when comparing Mr. Boarman’s Comment with the current GPO strategic plan. What is GPO’s true intent? More work to private sector printers or not?