Transfer of Offices of the Government Printing Office From Virginia to Laurel, Maryland

PLRD-82-106: Published: Jul 30, 1982. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1982.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO investigated the proposed move of offices of the Government Printing Office (GPO) from Virginia to Laurel, Maryland.

GPO inventoried the publications held at Virginia and Maryland warehouses and found that there was little demand for many of them and no requirement to retain them for future distribution. As a result, GPO significantly reduced its inventory and disposed of the excess. Because of these disposal actions, GPO found that only 30 percent of the space in the Virginia warehouses was needed and that the Maryland warehouses had sufficient vacant space to absorb the Virginia operation. Since Virginia warehouse leases were up for renewal, GPO concluded that consolidating its distribution functions at the single Maryland location would reduce costs. GPO compared estimated moving and related costs at the Maryland location with the estimated costs of operating the Virginia warehouses in fiscal year 1983 and concluded that the move to Maryland would provide a net cost avoidance of over $270,000 in that year. Cost and savings computations were based on existing contracts or leases, engineering estimates, prior cost experience in the case of utilities, and fiscal year 1983 budget requests. GAO found that the documents supporting the decision to move were adequate and the cost estimates used by GPO in determining the cost effectiveness of the move were reasonable. There were no personnel costs associated with the move, and the move appeared to have been adequately planned and is being carried out in an orderly manner. Congress has authorized GPO to proceed with the procurements and plans necessary to complete the move.

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