Office of Managment and Budget Urged to Consider Government Printing Office Reform
July 9, 2002
The Honorable Mitch Daniels
Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office of the President
Washington, DC 20503
Dear Director Daniels:
On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector and region, I would like to express our support for the Administration's efforts to decrease the production of commercial services by the government and eliminate unfair government competition with the private sector. We appreciate your efforts to reform government monopolies, such as the Government Printing Office (GPO) which unfairly penalize the American taxpayer and our nation's businesses and sacrifice government efficiency.
The U.S. Chamber has a long-standing policy that the government should not produce goods and services for itself or others if acceptable privately owned and operated services are or can be made available for such purposes. The government saves billions of dollars by partnering with the private sector yet continues to perform countless commercial services despite the fact the private sector has continually proven it can provide the same functions at a lower price, higher quality and faster delivery time. While GPO does contract a portion of the government's printing to the private sector, the Chamber believes reform can lead to greater savings by allowing the federal government to obtain the best value it can for taxpayer dollars while providing increased opportunities and profitability for the private sector.
We appreciate the challenges that lie ahead of you in your efforts to increase competitive sourcing and eliminate unfair government monopolies. We remain committed to working with you to create a more efficient government while increasing the government's utilization of the private sector.
R. Bruce Josten
Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
U.S. Chamber of Commerce