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Updates for Bidders


The U.S. Government Printing Office is in the process of streamlining and improving our processes. Previously, Small Purchase quotes were accepted from the vendor via facsimile, email, and through our on-line Contractor Connection application. As of October 1, 2010, GPO requires submission of quotes through Contractor Connection/Quick Quote only, unless otherwise instructed. This change will eliminate handling delays and improve accuracy of manual transcription of quotes into the GPO system. Solicitations issued after this date will specify the use of Contractor Connection to submit quotes along with any other special instructions.

Any problems submitting quotes via Quick Quote must be reported prior to Quote Due Date and Time.

Contractor Connection can be accessed at This site was developed as an on-line application for vendors to register and update their information, see what’s new, learn how to do business with GPO, view bid opportunities, submit quotes, and get unofficial bid results. To make sure that you do not miss your opportunity, go to Contractor Connection now ( and update any necessary information.

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.


Special Notice Effective January 1, 2008-Applicable to all Contractors Wishing To Do Business With the U.S. Government Printing 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); and, "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.

All parties seeking to do business with the GPO should provide their tax data to Contractor Connection immediately. Withholding of invoice payment utilizing the tax data will commence on Tuesday, January 1, 2008.

Simplified Purchase Agreement (SPA)Information Online
Visit the Simplified Purchase Agreement page for the latest information on the SPA.

New Imprint Line for GPO Contracts
Effective May 2, 2005, the open star () that represents the current GPO imprint line has been replaced by the GPO logo. This new 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. View the entire GPO imprint line announcement.

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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