Government Printing Council

promoting cost effective and efficient dissemination of
government publications and information to individuals and businesses


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Three studies completed by different groups in 1993, 2002, and 2008 show that printing competitively procured from the private sector saves the government at least 28% over typical or median pricing.  Savings when printing competitively procured versus government in-house printing are similar.  In actuality, the savings is significantly more, because government accounting methodologies often do not take into account normal business overhead, such as building space, electricity, and salaries of administrators and management personnel.  In addition, the first huge savings to the taxpayer comes when a government agency that buys its printing does not purchase  expensive traditional and/or digital printing presses.  We have seen situations where government agencies alleged costs for printing actually exclude the initial cost of the equipment or depreciation of the equipment, because it was purchased or leased in a prior fiscal year.  Taking everything together, the savings by using existing private sector printers who are ready, willing and able to provide top quality printed products to federal government agencies is nothing short of remarkable. 

Of course, every business, including government agencies, needs to have in-house copying machines to support their immediate needs.  That is where the government’s involvement in printing should end. 

With same day service for many jobs and one day turnaround for many more, small and medium sized printers all over the country can meet the government’s needs for quick turnaround printed materials.  Taxpayers’ funds do not need to be used to buy equipment, and maintain buildings and staff—merely to duplicate private sector capabilities. 

Finally, from a philosophical standpoint, in these difficult economic times, the government should not be in the business of competing with private sector printers.  The majority of private sector printing companies are small businesses, with less than 20 employees, according to studies by Printing Industries of America.  Small businesses are the ones creating jobs in our economy.  The concept of the government competing with them is unacceptable.

Mission Statement:

The Government Printing Council supports the continuation and improvement of a centralized, open, competitive federal government print procurement system that provides quality printed products, at the lowest total cost to the agencies and the taxpayers


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