Printing and Design is the print
purchasing agent for the campus, with authority to purchase printing
from the private sector. Printing and Design is responsible for ensuring
that all off-campus printing using state monies is purchased in
accordance with state law and policy.
The purchase of printing in Wisconsin
has traditionally been handled differently than the purchase of other
commodities. The Department of Administration has delegated the power to
purchase print and, almost without exception, state agencies have
chosen to maintain the separation between general purchasing and print
purchasing. This allows the assignment of an Agency Printing Manager, a
person with printing expertise who understands the entire printing
process and the myriad of manufacturing options available to achieve
exactly what the customer wants. The Agency Printing Buyer for the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is Robin Spindler.
To assist the assigned Agency Printing
Managers, the DOA’s Bureau of Procurement has developed a series of
contracts for the purchase of virtually any type of printing that might
be required by state agencies. Chapter 35 of the Wisconsin Statutes
defines printing and established the classes of printing and contracts
that the Department of Administration bids. The prices associated with
these contracts are excellent, and if a printing order meets all of the
specifications that are covered by a state contract, the Agency Printing
Manager will use that contract to purchase the printing. If the
printing requested does not fit a state contract, competitive bidding is
required by Chapter 35 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The Agency Printing
Manager will request three bids, and the printer that submits the lowest
bid that fulfills the printing specifications will be awarded the job.
Chapter 35 of the Wisconsin Statutes
exempts printing funded by student segregated fees from the statutes
requiring the use of a state printing contract. These accounts may
choose to take advantage of a state printing contract, or — using the
services of the Agency Printing Manager — they may choose to request
bids from three printers in the private sector.
Printing orders that fit the state
printing contracts or are executed through the competitive-bid process
are subject to a purchase order fee from Printing and Design.
Sources: Constitution of the State of Wisconsin, Article IV, Section 25; Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 35