The United States Government Printing Office (GPO) Strategic Plan for 2011 through 2015 has been published, and it is an eye opener for what it only tangentially acknowledges. And that is: the contribution of private sector printers that have traditionally printed the bulk of the federal government’s printing.
Traditional procurement methods have failed to solve the quality, timeliness and cost (good, fast and cheap) dilemma of being able to provide a product or service for a low cost while delivering top quality work on-time.
No business sector is more representative of small business than printers. There are approximately 36,000 commercial printers (not including neighborhood print shops) in the United States. However, this number is falling dramatically as more and more printers fail due to the recession, an increase in bulk mail rates by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and the government's ongoing unwritten policy of manufacturing print in-house rather than reliance on the private sector.