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Updates for Agencies & Circular Letters

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PICSWEB Application Shutdown (October 2015)
GPO recently notified users of PICSWEB of an impending shutdown of this application as the result of internal GPO infrastructure changes. The PICSWEB application will be retired effective 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 30, 2015. Customers should not hesitate to contact their GPO team, office, or Printing Specialist for support with information typically accessed through PICSWEB.

Contract Pricing and Specification Archive Update (May 2015)
Effective May 1, 2015, the contract printing abstract and specifications for Term Contract will be posted to the website after award as an archive for the term of the contract. A list of active Term Contracts/Abstracts can be found at

GPO Webinars
GPO has added a Webinar page to our GPO.Gov site. Now our customers have a place to go to view recorded webinars to enhance their learning experience whenever and wherever they are located. The first webinar is a presentation on the new TAS/BETC requirement (as described below). Check back for additional training webinars to be posted soon.

New GPO Surcharge Rate Effective January 1, 2015
The current GPO surcharge rates, which have been in effect since 1999, have resulted in the under-recovery of GPO operational costs for placing and administering printing and informational product contracts on behalf of Federal agencies. As a result, effective January 1, 2015, the GPO surcharges on commercially procured work will increase as follows:

  • The base surcharge rate will increase from 7.0% to 8.0% on work classified as printing and binding to a limit of $28,000 per jacket, purchase order, or print order, plus 1.0% thereafter.
  • A flat processing charge of $7.50 for all orders will continue to apply.
  • Administrative charges for expedited handling of rush work will be applied at double these rates (i.e., 16% surcharge and $15.00 processing fee).

These rates will take effect for orders received by GPO after December 31, 2014.

Treasury Account Symbol (TAS) and Business Event Type Code (BETC)
Effective January 1, 2014. Department of Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service will require the Component TAS format on all IPAC transaction types (e.g. Payments and Collections). In order to comply with this mandate, agencies must include their TAS/BETC on all obligation documents submitted to the Government Publishing Office. For more information and FAQ's, refer to Circular Letters 882, 893 and 903 at this URL

Updates for GPO's Simplified Purchase Agreement (SPA) (May – 2014)
Effective April 14, 2014, the SPA agreements used by each of GPO's central and regional offices were revised. In addition, GPO has developed an enhanced on-line database for its authorized users which includes real time certified vendors and authorized customer agencies for each office SPA.

To read more about these enhancements, go to:

Updates to the CFR Schedule
Updates to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Schedule can be found in the Quick Links section of the website for the Official Journals of Government.
Circular Letters
Circular Letters form a vital communications link between the U.S. Government Publishing Office and its customers in the Federal community. Receive a brief e-mail message each time a new Circular Letter is published on the Web. Send your e-mail address, name, and the name of your agency to To see a complete listing, go to Circular Letters.

Interagency Council on Printing and Publications Services
GPO hosts, and is an active participant, of the Interagency Council on Printing and Publishing Services. Only Federal employees involved in printing and publishing may join and attend meetings.

All meetings are available for Federal customers via teleconference to accommodate our regional customers. The meetings take place on the second Wednesday of every other month at GPO in the Carl Hayden Room from 1:00-2:30 ET. The next scheduled meeting is May 11, 2016. To register to attend in person or online, go to the meeting agenda for registration links.

For more information, please contact your GPO National Account Manager or

History and Purpose of ICPPS
The Interagency Council on Printing and Publishing Services was established on April 14, 1976, as an advisory body to the Public Printer. Activities of the Council are credited with extensive improvements to the Federal Printing Program. The Council's activities support and enhance these organizations in meeting their communication mission through the GPO by:
  • addressing current and future issues
  • developing plans and objectives
  • providing for a cooperative relationship between Federal organizations and GPO that will ultimately strengthen the Federal Printing Program

Printing has evolved as a result of technological advances forms and social media  The ICPPS recognizes this evolution and strives to incorporate these advances into our business practices.

Council Goals
  • Develop recommendations designed to enhance Federal organizations and GPO's efforts to provide the most efficient, effective, and economical service possible
  • Propose new printing and publishing policy
  • Exchange views and examine mutual concerns among Federal printing representative
  • Develop and disseminate information relating to training and knowledge-sharing opportunities

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