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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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The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 06/03/2016
E.g., 06/03/2016
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:

5 days 7 hours 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 week 2 hours 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.

2 weeks 8 hours ago
Above the Fold
U.S. Capitol
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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.

3 weeks 6 days 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.

1 month 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.

4 months 2 weeks ago
Litigation Update

The U.S. Chamber urged the Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiorari in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) to review the standards for dismissal where a relator violates the seal and the application of the scienter requirement.  In its joint brief with the Financial Services Roundtable, the Chamber argued that the remedy for violations of the FCA’s seal requirement is an important issue for the business community and that a strict standard for corporate scienter under the FCA must be maintained to limit abuse by relators. 

5 months 2 weeks ago
Press Release

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today submitted comments sharply criticizing the administration’s proposed Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) regulation and proposed Department of Labor guidance that would implement Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.”

8 months 1 week ago