The U.S. Government Printing Office announced a Request for Information today as it looks to replace out of date printing equipment with modern digital systems that are designed to handle the shorter runs the agency is producing as well support sustainability initiatives.
According to the GPO:
Traditional web presses have fulfilled Congressional and Federal Agency needs for the past four decades but they have become less efficient as print volumes have grown shorter. GPO web presses are designed for press runs of minimum 20,000 copies in order to reach desired efficiency. Since the mid 1980s, GPO has witnessed a decrease in publication quantities where currently not a single core GPO product averages more than 8,000 copies. This decrease in quantity has led to an increase in the production paper waste percentage as make ready quantities can be nearly as high as the required delivery amounts.
“GPO would like to save the American taxpayer money and help the environment at the same time. We can achieve this by replacing our antiquated equipment with technology that meets the printing needs of the 21st century,” said Public Printer Bob Tapella. “I look forward to hearing from printing manufacturers and suppliers on the types of technology that will help our plant achieve these goals.”