April 20, 2011
Update: U.S. Government Printing Office Deletes Solicitation Page and “Jacket Number” Specification Document
I thought that might happen, but not after just a few minutes.
Here’s a screenshot of www.gpo.gov/gpo/bidopps/bidopps.action?region=chicago before it was taken down:
GPO Solicitation for Hundreds of Thousands of National Detainee Handbooks Needed by 29 April
It’s also still visible in Google cache  as of this writing.
And here’s a Cryptogon mirror of the Jacket Number: 735-412/413 document.
Ok, probably nothing, maybe something.
The U.S. Government needs 350,934 National Detainee Handbooks printed by 29 April 2011. Here’s a 2007 English version of the National Detainee Handbook . I don’t know if that’s the same document as what has been ordered below.
The GPO solicitation went out on 18 April and the handbooks must be delivered by 29 April. Is eleven days a short time for something like this? I have no idea, but clicking on “Jacket Number: 735-412/413 ” brings up a specification document, which states the following:
Notify Ron Boyum at 312-353-3916 x 17 or at firstname.lastname@example.org of the delivery status in the morning 2 days prior to the first shipment to meet the at destination delivery date. [sic]
This is a time-critical order. For the purpose of this contract, the provision in GPO Contract Terms Pub. 310.2 (Rev. 6-01) for schedule extensions does not apply. No automatic extensions of schedules will be made. All interested contractors must commit to the original schedule. Shipments must be made by a carrier that will guarantee delivery at destination within the specified schedule. Carrier’s “targets” in lieu of “guaranteed” deliveries will not be acceptable.
They seem pretty serious about needing the handbooks by 29 April.
Via: U.S. Government Printing Office :
Jacket Number: 735-412/413 
Bid Opening Date: 10:00 AM, PREVAILING CHICAGO, IL TIME, ON April 18, 2011.
Product: Paste-on-fold (self cover) Pamphlets (Spanish and English Versions).
Title: 735-412: National Detainee Handbook: Spanish 735-413: National Detainee Handbook: English
Quantity: 735-412: 221,367 (includes 2 GPO Chicago inspection samples) 735-413: 129,567 (includes 2 GPO Chicago inspection samples)
Ship/Deliver Date: MUST deliver complete on or before April 29 D, 2011.