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Updates for Bidders

Retirement of Previous Contractor Connection / Quick Quote Beta Site (January 2016)

Effective January 12, 2016, the Contractor Connect / Quick Quote website previously located at was replaced by an upgraded site located at This upgraded site enhances the application’s Internet browser compatibility. For information on using this site, click here.

GPO Form 917–Certificate of Selection of Random Copies and
Form 2678–Departmental Random Copies “Blue Label” (January 2016)

The Government Publishing Office has updated GPO Forms 917 and 2678 and posted fillable PDF versions of both forms for easy vendor access. The forms were updated to reflect GPO’s new name and brand, along with some slight changes in format. Please use these updated versions moving forward, they are available at:

GPO Form 712 – Certificate of Conformance (July 2015)

The Government Publishing Office will no longer provide GPO Form 712 Certificate of Conformance in the three part carbon paper format to contractors using a Postage and Fees Paid mailing label or indicia. GPO Contract Terms (Publication 310.2), Supplemental Specification #11, is changed to require contractors to access a digital copy of the form which is revised and available with instructions at

Central Office Bid Room Relocation (June 2015)

Effective June 15, 2015, the Central Office Bid Room is being relocated to C-848. The new address for mailing sealed bids is: U.S. Government Publishing Office, 732 North Capitol Street, NW, Mailstop: PPSB, Room C-848, Attn: Bid Section, Washington, DC 20401. The fax number will remain the same. If hand delivering a sealed bid, please contact 202-512-0526 when you arrive at GPO and a member of the Bid Section will receive your bid. This situation is temporary until the new Bid Reception room is designated and operational.

Public bid openings will take place in the GPO Bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street. For any questions, please contact the Bid Section at 202-512-0526 or

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

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:

Electronic only posting of GPO printing procurement specifications
(April 2014)

As part of GPO's printing procurement procedure, GPO had previously posted paper copies of procurement specifications daily for prospective vendors in our Central Office and Regional Procurement Offices. These specifications have also been posted on-line for free and broad public access.

As a result of the rapid adoption of digital technologies by the printing industry in recent years and in support of the GPO "Go Green" initiatives, GPO will no longer continue to post paper copies of procurement specifications. All procurement specifications will continue to be available online at the web addresses shown below.

Small Purchases are posted on Contractor Connection, on-line small purchase opportunities, Quick Quotes, Open Jobs:

Invitations to Bid and Programs / Term Contracts are posted on FedBizOpps and on GPO’s site Contractor Connections, Bid Opportunities: and

To ensure that the needs of the public and our GPO vendor community are met, tangible copies of these specifications will be made available upon request at the Central Office and Regional Procurement offices at no charge.

Contractor Quality Level Evaluations

As part of GPO's procurement procedure, our agency maintains a continuous Quality Control Process to support its customers. One aspect of this process is to determine a contractor's ability to consistently produce orders at the required quality level without undue assistance on the part of the Government. These ratings are also used when generating bid lists for procurements that determine who solicitations will be issued to on a rotating basis and by our Contracting Officers as an aid in making responsibility determinations on individual contracts.

With the rapid changes in technologies and the industry in recent years it has become necessary to have vendors resubmit after a 5-year period to ensure our Government Contractors are still producing at the level when they were originally rated.

GPO is currently contacting vendors to request that they proceed with the resubmission process. Please contact our Quality Control Team if you have any questions via email at or phone via 202-512-0542.

Attention Bidders

You can find general information and updates on the GPO printing procurement process using the "notices" section listed below. These helpful "notices" are updated regularly to inform you of new processes or procedures necessary to do business with the GPO.

If you are looking for specific standards, policies, or applications, please visit the Select Forms & Standards for Printing Procurement.


All Contractors Wishing To Do Business With the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO)

Every contractor seeking to do business with the GPO must first complete and thereafter maintain the accuracy of its GPO Contractor Connection registration with the following mandatory taxpayer information boxes:

  • "EIN/TIN #" (Employer Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number)
  • "Subject to Backup Withholding" (See Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification)
  • "Current W-9 Request" (See Form W-9)

GPO will withhold payment of any invoices for work completed by any contractor who fails to provide these tax data in GPO Contractor Connection. Such invoices will be declared ineligible for payment until all requirements for payment, including providing these tax data in GPO Contractor Connection, have been satisfied.

New Imprint Line for GPO Contracts (March 2015)
The GPO imprint line has been updated with the new GPO logo and agency name. This imprint line should appear on all products and publications produced by, or for the GPO:
  • at the bottom of the last printed page on books and pamphlets
  • at the bottom of the back on face of the products
  • at the bottom of face-only products (except letterheads, certificates, etc.), or in the stub of multipart sets.

The GPO logo for the new imprint line is available in four downloadable versions.*


(Mac users: Control-click and "Download Link to Disk") (PC users: Right-click and "Save Target as..")

* Notice for Contractors
The GPO imprint line must be set in 6-point sans serif type (e.g., Arial regular) and should consist of the GPO logo which can be downloaded from the Web site, the current calendar year, an em dash, and the jacket number (View sample). In the case of term contracts, the print order number must also be included in the imprint line (View sample). The items following the GPO logo in the imprint should be added manually by the contractor.

Additional commercial identification mark(s) of any kind must not appear on any product(s) ordered.

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