GPO Awards New Contract for 2020 US Census Materials
The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has awarded the contract for 2020 Census printing materials and mailing services to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) following a competitive procurement process. RRD is a Chicago based company, and production will take place at several of its facilities across the country. The contract was awarded for $114,557,201.27, which is well within the U.S. Census Bureau’s budget. It covers the production of materials that will help the public respond to the 2020 Census, including questionnaires, letters, inserts, postcards, and envelopes. GPO and U.S. Census Bureau employees will conduct quality control and testing throughout the contract period.
GPO initially made an award in November 2017, but that contract was terminated following a settlement between the Department of Justice and the contractor in July 2018.
“GPO is committed to working with the U.S. Census Bureau on the successful production of the 2020 Census,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “This is another example of how our long-standing print procurement program meets the printing needs of Federal agencies through GPO’s partnerships with private-sector companies.”
“We are honored to have the opportunity to execute materials and services for the upcoming 2020 Census,” said Dan Knotts, RRD’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will draw upon a combination of our leading data analytics capabilities and our long-standing expertise adhering to the strictest data and security requirements across highly regulated industries to execute this critical communications initiative. We are excited to get started and look forward to completing this important work with the same high standards and impeccable production quality that we employ every day for our clients around the world.”
GPO’s nationwide print procurement program provides significant economic opportunities for private sector companies to expand their business by providing services to Federal agency customers on a national level. Nearly 75% of all printing ordered by Federal agencies from GPO is performed by private sector firms working under contract with the agency. GPO typically awards contracts to about 700 printing contractors a year. Nearly 10,000 companies are registered to do business with the agency, using GPO as their one-stop shop for print contract opportunities. GPO's long-standing relationship with the private sector dates back to the 1940s.
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