KEEP IT SIMPLE!
One of the most
commonly cited reasons why small businesses do
not become involved in federal government
contracting is the paperwork. There are so many
rules and regulations that it is difficult for
the small business owner to read through them,
let alone understand them. In addition, the
rules and regulations are written by lawyers,
and are often extremely hard for the
manufacturer or business person to understand.
Finally, the regulations are written so that
they will cover extremely complex multi-billion
dollar procurements, as well as simple purchases
from small businesses.
GPO has solved
that problem by developing its own set of
boilerplate Contract Terms. Contract
Terms consists of less than 40 pages, and tells
government print contractors everything they
need to understand.
In addition, in
the Quality Assurance Through Attributes
Program (QATAP) GPO has developed a set of
quality requirements that are applicable to
every job it purchases. Those quality
requirements give the printer a guide for what
will be acceptable quality using objective
standards. This prevents the problem of having
an agency customer simply say: “I’m not paying
you, because I don’t like the job.”
Government Printing Office purchases print, and
since its vendors produce and sell print, the
use of short and concise print-centric
contracting rules allows small, medium and large
businesses to compete, because they understand
the language and the requirements.
the same size as many GPO vendor-printers could
simply not function as effectively (if at all)
under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
which are applicable to agencies other than the
Suggestions by some that GPO should adopt the
FAR would cause massive confusion, and
invariably increase the price that GPO printers
would charge for their work (to pay for all the
lawyers and accountants!).