A Fine State of Affairs
California State Printer Jerry Hill spent Ben Franklin's 308th birthday—January 17, 2014—hosting his own print-worthy party: an open house at the Office of State Publishing (OSP) to promote the in-plant's newly expanded facilities and upgraded capabilities.
The expansion augmented OSP's digital print and mail area from 10,000 to 50,000 square feet, including 10,000 square feet added to its mass mailing center. Part of California's Department of General Services, OSP operates out of a 300,000-square-foot location in the state capital of Sacramento, just a mile and a half from the capitol building.
The largest state government in-plant, OSP has 285 employees and an annual operating budget of approximately $65 million. Its capabilities are commensurate with its size, including project planning and initiation; creative print and Web design services; prepress; digital and offset print production; full bindery; mass mailing and interagency mail; records retention and forms management; and video and multimedia services. One of the few in-plants with web offset presses, OSP has nine of them.
OSP provides these services to about 150 agencies, 10 percent of which generate 80 percent of revenue, according to Hill. These include California's Department of Motor Vehicles, Employment Development Department and Department of Social Services. OSP's services are available to state, federal, county and city agencies.
"Most of our clients have been working with us for many, many years," he notes.
The in-plant's latest digital print and mail upgrades, along with other improvements and new offerings, help OSP better serve its client agencies. Hill stresses the operation's commitment to integrity, accountability, communications, excellence, innovation and teamwork in all of its efforts.
Improving Government Efficiency
Recent actions also dovetail with big-picture state goals and mandates. "Our enhancements are directly in line with California Gov. Jerry Brown's directives to improve the efficiency of government operations and cut taxpayer costs," Hill reports.
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