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.
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.
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.”
RE: RIN 9000-AM81, Federal Acquisition Regulation; Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces; FAR Case 2014-025; Docket No. 2014-0025; Sequence No. 1 ZRIN 1290-ZA02, Guidance for Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces”
This letter regarding the Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations.
This letter was sent to all members of the Senate in support of an amendment that may be offered by Senator Inhofe to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA) which would limit the implementation of the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order with regard to defense contractors.
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