It is with great pleasure that the Vital Statistics Unit (VSU) announces the selection of the vendor who will be printing birth certification documents for all Texas vital records registrars. The selected vendor is Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. (BCA) from Browns Summit, North Carolina.
BCA is a recognized leader in the production of high-security documents and possesses all required in-house capabilities to produce the birth certification documents specified in our Invitation to Bid (IFB). It does not intend to subcontract any of the work related to this contract.
BCA is the security label division of CCL Industries, which employs approximately 11,000 people and operates 106 production facilities around the globe. As a division of CCL Industries, BCA is a stable entity in the security printing industry, which is currently in a state of flux because of many U.S. security printers closing their doors. BCA has unique capabilities with over 20 years’ experience as a single-source supplier for many of the country’s highest-level security documents such as visas and social security cards.
BCA was originally established in 1990, when BCA purchased the Suffern, NY facility from American Banknote Company, and has been in continuous operation since being established. BCA is a C corporation incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1990. BCA‘s administrative and production facility is located in Browns Summit, N.C., and employs over 150 trained employees located at this facility. It operates its state-of-the-art high-security, 156,000 square-foot production facility 24 hours a day, five days a week. During the course of a year, BCA will produce in excess of 10 billion U.S. Postage stamps and over 50 million high-security documents for its customers, thus requiring a highly cross-trained team of printing and finishing specialists. Ms. Sandra Lane is the Vice President and CEO of BCA.
The company is in compliance with Texas and federal laws and regulations relating to the hiring of former state employees. In addition, BCA currently maintains Insurance in excess of that required by VSU and will provide the required Certificates of Insurance upon request. BCA is an equal opportunity employer, and as such does not discriminate in employment practices with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, or disability. Because of this, BCA maintains an Affirmative Action Program.
BCA has secured a respected tradition of excellence, craftsmanship, and leadership in the field of secure document printing. With an outstanding record of service to this country and the industry as a whole, they have earned the confidence of corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the globe. BCA believes in creating the most secure document possible, while preserving the artistic heritage of the craft. As a result, BCA has assembled the expertise, experience, and resources necessary to meet the challenges of printing secure documents in the 21st century. They accomplish these goals by adhering to a strict set of procedures and processes, such as manufacturing their own security inks and purchasing paper from certified security paper mills that are manufactured under secure conditions. Accountability is exercised and documented throughout the production, from the raw stock count to the contracted shipping carrier transporting these products to the assigned destinations. BCA provides its customers with a strict chain of custody for their security documents and currently possesses the necessary equipment and personnel to produce the security documents specified in the IFB.
BCA is an ISO 9001:2008 certificate company, and as such continuously looks to improve quality and service. BCA believes in actively participating in the leading organizations associated with secure documents. The company is a contributing member of the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO), which is a nonprofit member–supported organization that certifies that providers of security documents, labels, cards, packaging, materials, and technology operate under an agreed-upon set of operational standards and security protocols. (DSA); Additionally, BCA is a contributing member to the Document Security Alliance (DSA), which was created by government agencies, private industry, and academia with goal of identifying methods of improving security documents and related procedures to help combat the growing acts of fraud, terrorism, illegal immigration, identity theft, and other criminal acts.
As the recognized leading private high-security printer in the U.S., BCA has the expertise and in-house capabilities to provide all services related to the design and production of all types of security documents. BCA offers its customers a full range of overt and covert security features. These features are currently offered across a complete line of documents such as visas, Social Security cards, treasury checks, U.S. postage stamps, birth and death certificates, driver’s licenses and motor vehicle titles. As a division of CCL Industries, there are over 50 physical locations in the United States that can serve as back up facilities. As a high-security printer, all of their solid paper waste is shredded and baled on site and sold to a recycling center. They also recycle metal plates used in their BCA production facility. BCA has placed automated controls on their heating and cooling units to minimize energy consumption during off peak hours.
BCA’s production facility has been in continuous operation since 1995 and has been audited and certified by the U.S. Secret Service, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Department of Homeland Security for production of high security products. BCA employs a 24-hour company police armed security force and incorporates a full complement of physical security systems. BCA meets and exceeds the security requirements as specified in the Solicitation. A copy of their Security and Accountability Plan is available upon written request.
Their production facility contains all of the equipment necessary to produce birth certification documents specified in the IFB. This includes equipment for design, pre-press, press, numbering and bindery/finishing.
BCA has offered Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) and local registrars a central secure online ordering service where document controls, authorization, and approvals can be managed and reports can be developed to help the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) manage the birth certification document ordering program. Some advantages to this system would be:
• DSHS and local offices can place orders directly online;
• Users of the system would be preapproved by DSHS;
• All log on information would be password protected;
• IP addresses registered;
• Users would not be able to change shipping address unless approved by DSHS;
• HHS management reports to show order history, shipment history, etc.;
• Database would house all DSHS approved documents for individual counties and cities;
• Counties, cities would not be able to order unless their document is approved by a representative of DSHS;
• Reorders by individual counties can only be for pre-approved document(s);
• If changes to a document are required a new DSHS approved document would replace the previous document;
• Approved documents would remain online for viewing;
• Entities can order 24/7;
• Entities would receive order confirmations; and
• Tracking and progress of orders would be available online.
The 61st Annual Texas Vital Statistics Conference provided a workshop to introduce the features of the ordering portal and security features of the birth certification documents.