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Composition System Replacement

GPO is actively working on a project to replace its legacy composition system. The project, called Composition System Replacement (CSR), will comprise the necessary technology and business practices to enable GPO to replace or integrate all existing discrete applications, utilities, and processes currently used by GPO and its users to compose and create files optimized for printing and access of select Congressional and Federal agency publications.

Vendor Surveys

GPO has issued a Request for Information. All responses to the RFI must be submitted by 3:00 pm EST on September 27, 2010. All questions relating to this RFP should be directed to Arza Gardner at agardner@gpo.gov and CSR@gpo.gov. More information about the RFI and the actual vendor surveys can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/vendors/composition/vendorsurvey.htm.

Key Documents

The CSR ConOps: Describes the desired characteristics of Composition System Replacement (CSR) from the user's viewpoint.

Requirements Document: Defines the requirements for CSR and is intended to communicate those requirements to the technical community who will build the system.

The Supplement to the Preliminary Requirements Document illustrates specific requirements that the CSR team believes are better communicated by the use of graphic examples.

Additional Information:

http://xml.house.gov/ provides information about the ongoing work of the U.S. House of Representatives in relation to the eXtensible Markup Language. It is important to note that the DTDs and examples presented have not been finalized and may be extended over time.

The following reference manuals are provided for a more complete technical overview of the existing Microcomp system:

The following XML and locator files will be used by GPO for benchmarking processing speed. The requirement for processing speed is referenced in the CSR Preliminary RD V1.0 under Metrics on page 35, requirement #3.2.8.1

Request for Information - May 2008

In May 2008, GPO released a Request for Information (RFI). Download the RFI and Requirements Matrix.

Previous Industry Day - May 6, 2008

On Tuesday, May 6 the United States Government Printing Office hosted an Industry Day for Composition System Replacement (CSR). The objectives of the event were to obtain industry feedback on materials and budget and to understand possible technology roadmaps.

The event slide presentation provides and overview of what was presented at Industry Day. The Industry Day Q&A Notes will provide insight into the questions and comments that were discussed during the event. (The Q&A document will be available on 15 May 2008).

View the contact list of vendors which attended the CSR.

Questions regarding capability statements, white papers and other documentation must be submitted to pmo@gpo.gov (subject heading "CSR Industry Day RFI Question: YOUR COMPANY NAME"). Faxed copies are not acceptable. Questions must be submitted to GPO by 13 May 2008. View the questions and answers relating to the Industry Day and RFI.

Previous Industry Day - March 19, 2007

On Monday, March 19th the United States Government Printing Office hosted an Industry Day for Composition System Replacement (CSR). This event focused on the following CSR areas:

Input Data, Content and Formatting (Content Types, Character Formatting, Layout and Content Linking), Output, User Interface

The event slide presentation provides an overview of what was presented at Industry Day. The Industry Day Q&A Notes will provide insight into the questions and comments that were discussed during the event.

The contact list of vendors who registered for CSR Industry Day.

GPO has also posted its responses to vendor questions that were submitted after the Industry Day event. This is a composite of all questions that were submitted by vendors.

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