USPS to update automated forms

The U.S. Postal Service wants to convert its automated forms into intelligent documents that can validate data, perform calculations and accept digital signatures.

A new solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site asks vendors to submit proposals for converting USPS’ old forms and developing new ones using Adobe LiveCycle Designer. USPS has a library of 752 forms in Adobe PDF format and 138 automated forms created with Adobe Form Client Version 5.0 software.

Forms converted with LiveCycle Designer can be rendered as Adobe PDF files or HTML documents and be digitally signed.

The winning vendor will be asked to convert 138 automated USPS forms so they can be read with free Adobe Reader Version 7 software. The vendor must also create and document a standard library of Javascript scripts for use in constructing new USPS forms and revising old ones.

USPS officials say they plan to award a time-and-materials contract based on best value rather than lowest price.

Proposals are due by Feb. 27, according to the notice.

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