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Feature   Defense News

DLA Designated DOD's Printing Services Provider

March 31, 2022 | BY DLA Information Operations

The Defense Logistics Agency is now the Defense Department's primary provider of printing services, office print devices and electronic conversion services, according to a DOD instruction signed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.

All DOD components except DOD intelligence agencies, National Guard and Reserve organizations, tactical activities and the U.S. Army Print and Media Distribution Center must now purchase such services through DLA Document Services. The change is expected to save tens of millions of dollars each year.  

A graphic explaining printing services is shown.
DLA Document Services
Defense Logistics Agency Document Services is now the Defense Department’s primary provider for printing services, file conversion and multi-function print devices.
Photo By: Graphic by Paul Crank, DLA Public Affairs.
VIRIN: 220311-D-YE683-001A

DLA Document Services offers numerous printing services ranging from brochures and training manuals to banners and aircraft decals. Custom and specialty options like vinyl, foam board and magnets are available, and the team can also produce large-scale items like museum displays.  

"We can assist customers throughout every step of their project from planning to production," said Nick Janik, director of production operations for DLA Document Services. "Our print production employees work hard to make the customer's vision a reality while being as efficient and timely as possible."

Two men print shooting range targets.
Printing Targets
Jerad Vogt and Andrew McWade from Defense Logistics Agency Document Services use a Lawson industrial cutting machine to cut 25-meter silhouette targets while working at a DLA print facility at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., March 11, 2022.
Photo By: John Turner, DLA Document Services
VIRIN: 220311-D-D0441-002A

DOD customers turning paper documents into electronic format can use scanning and conversion services available at DLA print facilities or seek the help of on-site technicians who can convert documents of all sizes. Digital conversion preserves documents and makes them searchable. Shredding services are available, too.  

A man stitches a book.
Book Stitch
Defense Logistics Agency Document Services employee Sam Onofre uses a Deluxe M30 to wire stitch a book while working at a DLA print facility in North Island, Calif., March 10, 2022.
Photo By: Maria Bentley, DLA Document Services
VIRIN: 220310-D-D0441-0001A

The updated DOD instruction also charges DLA Document Services with the procurement, delivery and sustainment of office devices including office, desktop and stand-alone printers as well as copiers, fax machines, scanners and multi-function devices (MFDs) — the latter of which is the focus of the office device program. The process of procuring office devices includes an assessment of customer needs and existing equipment to ensure new devices are streamlined and compatible. 

A man stands at a print machine.
Printing Press
Defense Logistics Agency Document Services employee Jerad Vogt runs a one-of-a kind Flexo graphic printing press to print 25-meter silhouette targets at a DLA printing facility at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., March 11, 2022.
Photo By: John Turner, DLA Document Services
VIRIN: 220311-D-D0441-001A

"Our office assessments help to eliminate unnecessary equipment and shift customers from a single-function or standalone environment to a business model of shared resources with MFDs," said Terra Nguyen, the division director for DLA’s office device program.  

More information and help placing orders is available through local customer relations specialists or the DLA Document Services Customer Support Center at 1-866-736-7010 or j67dcsc@dla.mil