GPO’s best value acquisition to be released next year to the printing and mailing industry for the 2010 Census. [FGA emphasis]
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is working with the U.S. Census Bureau to define requirements for services related to the printing and distribution of the initial mailout/mailback (MO/MB) short form packages in support of the 2010 Census, as well as a new replacement mailing (RM) requirement. The contract is scheduled for award in the fall of 2006, preceded by a request for proposals (RFP) release in the spring of 2006.
The contract, designated as Print 2010, will be awarded on best-value principles, following a competitive negotiation, to the printer(s) and mailer(s) whose proposal(s) provides the greatest overall value to the Government, when price and other factors are considered.
As in Census 2000, the GPO's primary task for Census 2010 will be to contract for the printing and distribution of Census questionnaires to approximately 140 million households within the U.S. For 2010, the major new requirement is the replacement mailing which is a targeted second mailing effort. This replacement mailing process will require the printer(s) to address and mail approximately 40 million replacement Census short forms, within about ten (10) days, to those housing units that do not respond to the initial short form mailing.
GPO and Census have conducted market research to assess the capacity and capability of the industry to support this new and challenging replacement mailing initiative. We have determined that conducting a replacement mailing is feasible and are looking to the industry to help the Government develop a solution for this effort. The selected contractor(s) will also be required to interface with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and other 2010 participants, such as the paper data capture contractors.
For information on the 2010 Census data capture effort, please visit: http://www.census.gov/procur/www/2010dris.index.html.
Also new for Print 2010 are stringent physical and IT security procedures and infrastructure requirements to ensure the security of facilities, mailings, and data, such as addresses.
GPO will establish an email address to receive vendor questions regarding Print 2010.
Please be on the lookout for more opportunities like these posted right here on www.gpo.gov.