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Federal Contracting

The federal government should not produce goods and services for itself or others that can be produced at a lower price, with higher quality, and a faster delivery schedule by private businesses. The government saves billions of tax payer dollars and sustains the nation's competitive edge in industries such as defense, information technology, and management when it partners with and invests in private sector companies.

However, a complicated and inflexible federal contracting process with costly administrative burdens deters many businesses from bidding on contracts. The U.S. Chamber works to streamline the acquisition process, ensure a fair and open procurement system, and encourage the government to rely more on the private sector for the goods and services it needs.

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Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 06/30/2016
E.g., 06/30/2016
Letter

This letter regarding S. 2943, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017,” was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

4 days 19 hours ago
Letter

This letter regarding the markup of the FY17 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the House Appropriations Committee.

6 days 1 hour ago
Letter

This letter regarding the FY17 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act was sent to all Members of the United States Senate.

1 week 4 days ago
Letter

This letter regarding the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and support for inclusion of a remedy to limit the impact of Executive Order 13673 was sent to the Members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

2 weeks 5 days ago
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today regarding the House Armed Services Committee’s vote late last night accepting an amendment to the "National Defense Authorization Act" that would block President Obama's Executive Order on "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" from applying to Department of Defense contracting actions:

1 month 1 day ago
Letter

This letter regarding the markup of H.R. 4909, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017,” was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Armed Services.

1 month 3 days ago
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the House Appropriations Committee regarding the Chamber’s funding priorities for the FY17 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

1 month 1 week ago
Above the Fold
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The measures are the latest flawed attempt by lawmakers to push back against tax inversions. Here's what we should do instead.

1 month 3 weeks ago
Letter

This joint letter from the Chamber and the National Association of Manufacturers was sent to all members of the U.S. Congress opposing proposals that would debar government contractors solely based on a change in their corporate domicile.

2 months 2 weeks ago
Above the Fold
Kayakers in North Carolina's Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

President Obama imposed costly minimum wage and paid leave mandates on outfitters.

5 months 2 weeks ago