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Simplified Purchase Agreement (SPA)
The Simplified Purchase Agreement (SPA) is a streamlined printing procurement vehicle for use by the U.S. Government Publishing Office's Federal customer agencies. Our customer agencies will be able to acquire publishing and information products and services valued up to $10,000 from local commercial vendors.

This procurement vehicle offers our customers:

Control - Allowing customer agencies to directly place their orders with a vendor of their choice.

Convenience - Customer agencies placing orders with local vendors based on their individual schedule requirements.

Best Value - The concept of embracing price, responsiveness, business practices, convenience, and courteous service.

Reliability - The SPA ensures compliance with GPO contract requirements (ie., QATAP, JCP paper specs, etc...)

What's New:

Effective April 14, 2014, the SPA agreements used by each of GPO's central and regional offices were revised. Additional products and services have been added to the proposal form among other changes scattered throughout the agreement. Any vendors registered on the SPA prior to April 14, 2014 are encouraged to submit a completed copy of the revised agreement(s) proposal form to insure they remain active on the SPA. Copies of the updated agreements are available here:

In addition, GPO has developed an enhanced online database for its authorized users which includes real time certified vendors and authorized customer agencies for each office SPA. Based on customer requests for a web-based solution, effective May 16, 2014, all offices with their corresponding SPA agreement vendor /agency lists will be accessible online at: Passwords will be furnished to active authorized users.

Customer Testimonies:

"The Simplified Purchase Agreement (SPA) has proven to be a very effective contract tool to provide a high level of service to the Department of Treasury and Treasury Bureau's in the procurement of publishing material. We have grown to rely on the SPA program as a vehicle that offers competitive pricing and value-added service. In addition, Brian Coleman has been an integral part of the success of the program from our perspective; through excellent support and timeliness of information. We will continue to utilize this vital program in concert with our overall procurement strategy to provide our customers with the highest level of service possible."

Keith McCracken
Chief, Printing Procurement Branch
U.S. Dept. of Treasury, Washington, D.C.

"The convenience and flexibility associated with this vital procurement tool allows us to meet many of our customers' printing and publishing needs."

Ursula Jones
Administrative Support Assistant
National Weather Service, NOAA, Juneau, AK

"I currently have a SPA job out at a local printer and appreciate the fast and quick turnaround time. In addition, I like the personal service and attention that I receive on my jobs. Yet, the most important feature of the SPA is my ability to use who I want--when I want, if the price falls below the threshold. Thanks so much for providing us with such a wonderful tool for printing. I still love GPO for the large jobs."

Keesha Karriem
Account Manager
GSA/FSS/National Marketing Communications, Chicago, IL

"I use SPA because of the flexibility, convenience, different products and locations. If we have classes in a specific area, we can approach a contractor there and save on shipping."

Mark Swiger
Printing Specialist
IRS, Bloomington, IL

"GSA loves the flexibility and speed of the GPO SPA program. It allows our office to place orders for quick turnaround and high quality deliverables. The SPA program also allows us the ability to build relationships with printers that understand GSA print standards and needs. I can't believe we ever survived without it!"

Chris Lundstrom
Supervisory Marketing Communication Manager
GSA/FSS/National Marketing Communication Office, Chicago, IL

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