FSC 7530                                                         JCP D11
Writing Paper                                           February 1, 1999

Use information: This paragraph is informational only and is not 
    exclusively definitive of the end use.
  For higher quality multicolor face and back offset printing of 
stationery, letterheads, certificates, citations, diplomas, etc. 
requiring execution with pen and ink and suitable for processing in a 
laser printer (smooth-finish only). Printed matter may include text, 
line illustrations, and ruled forms. Allows for unique finishes for 
special print requirements.
Stock: Groundwood pulp, not to exceed 1 pct.

    Note: \1\ Not less than 30 pct postconsumer fiber. Any percent over 
  30 percentage points is encouraged, provided that the requirements of 
  this Standard are met.
Grammage (g/m\2\).....................................       90      105
  Basis weight: 17 by 22 inches, 500 sheets (pounds)..       24       28
  A tolerance of 5 pct shall be allowed.

Folding endurance: Average, each direction, not less than--
  M.I.T. (double folds)...............................       12       14

Opacity: Average, not less than (percent).............       89       90
  No individual specimen shall average less than             87       88
Ruling and writing qualities: Lines ruled and characters written with 
  pen and ink shall be clear cut and free from excessive feathering.
Curl: Paper shall lie flat before and after processing through a high 
  speed copier or laser printer with either no tendency to curl or with 
  a curl which can be overcome under reasonable working conditions.
General appearance: Paper shall conform to the standard sample(s) 
  adopted by the Government.
  Color: The paper in the order (or publication) shall be uniform with a 
  target brightness of 88 pct for the white paper or as specified. The 
  color variation shall not exceed DE(CIELAB)=1.0.
    For colored stock, paper shall match one of the established 
  standards or as specified. Standards are blue, buff, green, pink, 
  salmon, or yellow. Colors shall not fade or transfer (rub off) and 
  shall appear even and uniform on the surface of the sheet. Stock shall 
  not be 2-sided. Color coordinates for selected standards are included 
  in Part 3.
    Note: The closeness of the color match required of the paper 
  supplied shall be designated ``precision'', ``regular'', etc. If no 
  designation is specified, a ``regular'' acceptance criteria will be 
  applied to judge acceptability of the color match for hue, chroma, or 
  saturation differences.

  Finish: Paper shall have a smooth-finish or as specified (linen, 
  leatherette, etc.).

  Formation: Shall be uniform.

  Cleanliness: The dirt count for each side of the paper shall not 
  exceed 650 specks per square meter. No sample sheet (600 to 650 cm\2\ 
  in size) shall contain more than one defect with an equivalent area of 
  0.25 mm\2\ or greater.
    Note: This requirement is automatically waived when the ordering 
  agency specifies a finish with ``fibers'' or ``specks'' in the surface 
  of the paper.

Sampling and testing: Shall be conducted in accordance with standards in 
  Part 2, Government Paper Specification Standards.


 Unless otherwise specified, the following is automatically waived when 
  printing or duplicating is to be accomplished on commercial contract
Sizing: Paper shall be surface- and internal-sized suitable for 
  satisfactory printing on both sides of the paper on high-speed offset 
  presses equipped with continuous flow or brush dampening systems.

Color: Shall match the Government's standard sample for color. A 
  deviation of DE(CIELAB)=3.0 from the color standard for white and 2.0 
  for colored stocks is allowed. A color difference 1.0 DE unit between 
  felt and wire sides is permitted.
Surface: Shall be free from lint, fuzz, or any particles which will 
  pick, lift, fluff, or pile on the blanket under normal press 
  conditions. Paper shall lie flat with either no tendency to curl or 
  with a curl which can be overcome under reasonable working conditions.
Size and trim: Sheets: Paper shall be furnished in the size(s) ordered 
  and shall be flat, trimmed square on four sides with clean smooth 
  edges, and evenly jogged. A tolerance of 2 mm (\1/16\ 
  inch) shall be allowed except for sheets 216 by 356 mm (8\1/2\ by 14 
  inches) or less; then a tolerance of 1 mm (\1/32\ inch) 
  shall be allowed. Successive sheets within any package shall not 
  differ from each other by more than 0.5 mm (\1/64\ inch). Paper with 
  the long dimension 813 mm (32 inches) or less shall be considered 
  square if the variation does not exceed 1 mm (\1/32\ inch); over 
  813 mm (32 inches); 2 mm (\1/16\ inch).
Grain: Direction of the grain on flat paper shall be as ordered.
Pressroom conditions: The bulk of this paper will be used in air-
  conditioned pressrooms maintained at 24  deg.C 2  deg.C 
  and 45 pct 8 pct relative humidity.


    \1\ This requirement may be waived by the ordering agency when 
purchasing less than a mill run quantity and so stated in the 
procurement document.