State agency customers including boards, commissions and institutions of higher education requiring publishing services may use the state printing and imaging services provided by the Department of Enterprise Services (DES). Customers can choose to solicit bids for publishing services as long as there is no sensitive or personally identifiable information present that is not publicly available and DES Printing Services is included.
Sec. 311 added to chapter 43.19 RCW
For every printing job and binding job ordered by a state agency, the agency shall consult with the department on how to choose more economic and efficient options to reduce costs.
After consultation has occurred, customers can use state printing services exclusively to order printed materials, without seeking additional competitive bids. Benchmarking studies have shown your state printer to be below the average mean and highly competitive compared to local commercial printers.
If consultation has occurred and the competitive bidding process is elected: