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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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