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GPO's central printing plant is a 1.5 million square-foot complex that is one of the largest information processing, printing, and distribution facilities in the world.

Employing a workforce of 1,200, Plant Operations is responsible for print services in support of the U.S. Congress, Office of the Federal Register, State Department, and other partners within the U.S. Federal Government. We produce and deliver the Congressional Record, House and Senate Calendars, Congressional Reports, Bills and Hearings, the U.S. Passport, as well as the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations.

GPO's Plant Operations comprises several facets:

Digital Print Center

  • Quick turnaround, usually 3 to 5 days but as fast as 24 hours
  • Approximate run lengths of 1 to 750 copies
  • Single-, multi-, or full color
  • Binding styles include: saddle stitch, perfect bind, tape bind, spiral bind, & comb bind
  • Additional operations include: folding, collating, drilling, & perforating
  • Standard papers include: 80-lb, 100-lb text & cover, silk & gloss coated digital paper
  • Specialty papers are available upon request

Secure Printing (up to top secret)

  • Invitations for sensitive events
  • Production of U.S. passports
  • ID documents
  • Letterpress & embossing
  • Classified and sensitive documents using a pool of cleared employees
  • Security color printing

Traditional Printing

  • Digital Proofing: composite color proofs & digital content proofs
  • Direct-to-Plate technology
  • Short and long run, Quality Level II four-color process
  • Run lengths include:
    Short run: 500 to 7,000 copies
    Medium run: approximately 10,000 copies
    Long run: 20,000+ copies
  • Single-color long run
  • Newsprint, forms, telephone directories, stationery, & publications
  • Two-color long run
  • Additional operations include dull, matte, & gloss varnishes and perforations on longer print runs

Custom Printing & Binding Operations

  • Invitations
  • Production of specialty binding
  • Case binding, leather binding, & flexible covers
  • Letterpress & embossing
  • Marbling
  • Presentation Items
  • Foil stamping & embossing

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National Account Managers
GPO's sales force. on your agency print job.

Agency Strategic Teams
Experts that help handles electronic & print-related products and services.

Congressional Publishing
Liaison for print and electronic product requests between GPO & Congress.

Quality Control for Procured Printing
Comprehensive experience for producing your print projects.

Security & Intelligent Documents
Securing America's Trust.

Select Forms & Standards
Instructions & fillable forms for working with GPO.

Sally Good Hamilton
Plant Operations Liaison