Category Archives: Printing/Copying

The Private Takeover That Hasn’t Happened: Fact Check

Source: Keegan Kyle, Voice of San Diego, June 12, 2012

….Discussing the suits during a recent interview with KPBS, Goldsmith said he wanted to avoid the legal delays that followed approval of a 2006 initiative that allowed San Diego to put city services out to bid to see whether the private sector could do them cheaper. The process is also known as managed competition….We decided to Fact Check Goldsmith’s claim that city employees had won all the bids…. The city has assessed private and public bids for three services — street sweeping, publishing and vehicle maintenance — and awarded the contract to city employees each time….The city is now in the process of evaluating bids for four other services: customer support for public utilities, Miramar Landfill operations, street and sidewalk maintenance, and other maintenance of public infrastructure. Each contract is scheduled to be awarded sometime next year.

On Monday, 5 state agencies officially become 1

Source: Brad Shannon, Olympian, October 01, 2011

State government’s biggest restructuring in decades has been under way for months, but the newly merged Enterprise Services agency gets its own identity Monday. Nearly 1,100 employees from five agencies are part of the consolidation, which combines back-office functions for the state’s bureaucracy. Employees have a new website at, new e-mail addresses and a new mission – but not much else will be readily visible to the public or other government agencies. The consolidations are aimed at saving $18 million over two years. … Those services include a state payroll, training and recruiting workers and giving human-resources advice, preparing legal contracts, managing real estate, purchasing supplies and running a WEBS (Washington’s Electronic Business Solution) purchasing site, managing vehicle fleets, running the state accounting and budgeting tools, custodial and groundskeeping functions, printing, and information-technology help from 300 IT workers who will be part of the 1,089-employee agency.

The outsourcing of federal FOIA services / Some are concerned about lack of information on contract workers

Source: Clara Hogan, The News Media & The Law, Vol. 35, No. 3, Summer 2011

Your federal Freedom of Information Act request may not actually be processed by a government employee. With pressure for increased transparency from the Obama administration, many federal agencies, including the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, are outsourcing aspects of their FOIA services to contract workers.

Bill Passed by House Would Provide No Money for GPO’s Federal Digital System, Sharply Cuts Other Information Resources

Source: Michael Kelley, Library Journal, July 27, 2011

…On July 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2551, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012 by a vote of 252 – 159. Unless the Senate acts, the bill would reduce GPO’s budget for FY12 by 20 percent to $108.1 million.

Within the GPO budget is the appropriation for the Office of Superintendent of Documents’ Salaries and Expenses, which funds the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). This appropriation would be reduced 16 percent, to $33.5 million, eliminating funding for the Federal Digital System (FDsys)….

…The bill would also require the Government Accountability Office “to review the feasibility of Executive Branch printing being performed by the General Services Administration, the transfer of the Superintendent of Documents program to the Library of Congress, and the privatization of the GPO … [and] report its findings to the Committee on Appropriations of the House and Senate no later than January 31, 2012.”…
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House Questions Future of Government Printing Office
Source: OMB Watch, July 27, 2011

DISD terminates deal with Kinko's / Outsourcing program promised savings but doubled schools' costs

Source: By KENT FISCHER, The Dallas Morning News (TX), 07:38 AM CDT on Friday, May 12, 2006

Dallas school administrators are ending an outsourcing project with FedEx/Kinko’s that was supposed to save taxpayers millions of dollars but instead doubled school spending on printing and copying. Expanding the deal to include all schools could cost taxpayers nearly $100 million over three years, administrators said Thursday, more than double the contract’s original amount.