New York State considers proposal to change name of "Digital Printing" to "Mail Fulfillment" for Procurement Purposes
Yes, you read that right. The New York State Procurement Council is considering a proposal from a New York State non-profit group to include variable data printing as a component of mailing. Council approval of the proposal would allow the non-profit New York State Industries for the Disabled to step to the front of the line, without competitive bidding, and begin to take New York State taxpayer funded digital printing. The proposal would initially cover digitally printed material delivered through the mail, a market estimated to be worth about $150 million a year. Rest assured, this is just a door opener and it would be just a matter of time until the whole local, regional and state digital printing market, funded by taxpayer dollars, would be on the table.
New York State's Preferred Source program requires all taxpayer funded agencies to purchase Preferred Source products and services through several non-profits approved by the Procurement Council. While the concept is worthy, providing jobs for the disabled, the Preferred Source program was not designed to create significant negative impact on the business community and has been plagued by significant scandals over the years.
We need you to weigh in!
If your company sells digitally printed products that can be sent through the mail to any NYS taxpayer funded entity - this business is in jeopardy and you need to weigh in.
Even if you don't, your voice is needed also. If the "printing pie" gets smaller, companies producing this work will look elsewhere to keep the lights on.
Printing Industries Alliance has headed off this problem twice; in 2013 and 2016. We have a number of objections: first and foremost, the loss of business and jobs that will result. We can do it again but need your help. Please take a few minutes to visit the PIA Legislative Action Center for a quick and easy way to communicate with your NYS Legislators and New York State Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito on this critical issue.
Tim Freeman, President
Printing Industries Alliance