ERIC Number: ED105904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-19
Pricing of Publications Sold to the Public (B-114829), Government Printing Office.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
The Government Printing Office (GPO) pricing of publications sold to the public was reviewed in order to determine whether: (1) the August 1973 price increases embraced the same financial philosophy which had prevailed in the past and (2) the relationship between the pricing structure and the annual appropriation by the Congress had changed. It was concluded that there has not been a major change in the financial philosophy of pricing publications for the sales program because the Public Printers have traditionally operated on the philosophy that sales revenues should exceed full costs and although a different pricing formula was used in 1973 that formula was designed to recover the full sales program costs. It was further concluded that the GPO is now requesting appropriated funds for costs it intends to recover through sales revenues. An analysis of the pricing formula being used by GPO and its application to specific documents resulted in the suggestion that the pricing method used may not be the most appropriate method. It was further recommended that whatever method is used should be consistently applied. (Author/PF)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joint Committee on Printing, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.