State considers private bids for mail, Web work; printer is next

Source: Jordan Schrader, Olympian, November 24, 2012

In a process that is behind schedule, state government has found a few companies willing to take over work now performed by state employees who manage government websites and deliver mail to far-flung state offices….Lawmakers mandated that one of the first subjects be printing, which has been the subject of periodic debates over whether the state should jettison its print shop.

Gregoire’s budget office chose to also look at two other services. One is the delivery of state mail outside Thurston County, now done by the Consolidated Mail Services program in DES. The other involves website and “e-government” services. Those include design and maintenance of agencies’ websites, plus online transactions and management of the state’s Access Washington Web portal that links to other sites…

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