FSC 9310                                                         JCP A91
Printing 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 and offset printing of 
books, pamphlets, brochures, etc. Printed matter may include text, line 
illustrations, halftones up to 150-line screen, and solid reverses on 
the smooth-finish stock. Allows for unique finishes for special print 

      Unless the option below is specified, the following `basic' 
                          specification applies.
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\)............................      105      120      150
  Basis weight: 25 by 38 inches, 500
  sheets (pounds)............................       70       80      100
  A tolerance of 5 pct shall be

Bursting strength: Average, not less
  than (kPa).................................      170      190      240
  Equivalent (lb/in\2\)......................       25       28       35

Opacity: For white paper only, average,
  not less than (percent)....................       94       95       97
  No individual specimen shall average
  less than (percent)........................       92       93       95

Thickness: For smooth-finish stock only,
  average (mm)...............................    0.140    0.160    0.200
  Equivalent (inch)..........................   0.0055   0.0063   0.0079

    A tolerance of 0.008 mm (0.0003 inch) shall be allowed 
  for the 105 and 120 grammage stocks; 0.013 mm (0.0005 
  inch) for the 150 grammage. Paper shall be uniform and shall not vary 
  more than 0.011 mm (0.0004 inch) from one edge to the other.
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. The color variation 
  shall not exceed DE(CIELAB)=1.0.
    For colored stock, paper shall match one of the established 
  standards or as specified. 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 property is automatically waived when the ordering agency 
  has specified a stock which includes ``fibers'' or ``specks'' in the 
  surface of the sheet.
Sampling and testing: Shall be conducted in accordance with standards in 
  Part 2, Government Paper Specification Standards.

 Option A: Alkaline paper. This option is for products requiring above 
                 average permanence for white stock only.
  The following requirements replace the same in the `basic' 
specification and are added to the specification.
Stock: 100 pct bleached chemical woodpulp.

    Note: Postconsumer fiber, in any percentage, is encouraged, provided 
  that the requirements of this Standard are met.
Acidity: pH value by cold extraction shall be not less than 7.0. The 
  paper shall contain not less than 2 pct calcium carbonate.
    Any deviation in this requirement shall be sufficient cause for 
  rejection of the paper.


 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.

Pick resistance: Average, each side, not less than 13-A Dennison wax 
    No individual specimen shall average less than 11-A Dennison wax 

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 
  the felt and wire sides is permitted.

Curl: Paper shall lie flat with either no tendency to curl or with a 
  curl which can be overcome under reasonable working conditions.
Surface: Shall be free from lint, fuzz, or any particles which will 
  pick, lift, fluff, or pile on the blanket under normal press 
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.