Federal Contracting

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.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldOct 11, 2018 - 3:30pm
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flies above Manhattan Beach, CA.

The Space Economy: An Industry Takes Off

The space economy will increase from approximately $385 billion today to at least $1.5 trillion by 2040.

Above the FoldSep 06, 2018 - 1:30pm
A corridor at the Pentagon.

Defense Department’s Contracting Regulation Needs Improvement

A proposed regulation would reduce defense contract progress payments as much as 30% below current standards.

Above the FoldNov 08, 2017 - 3:15pm

Congress Shouldn’t Go to the Blacklisting Toolbox Again

Despite the shifts in the contracting marketplace, Congress is still seeking to apply age-old remedies.

Above the FoldAug 29, 2017 - 12:00pm
F/A-18C Hornet catapult launch

Indefensible Defense Industrial Policy

DOD must improve the way it does business. Times have changed since the 1980s.

Above the FoldJul 05, 2017 - 4:00pm
SpaceX SES 10 Rocket Booster arriving to Port Canaveral. Photographer: Tom Cross

How Last Century Bureaucracy Is Hurting U.S. Space Sovereignty

When it comes to government, “moving fast” doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Above the FoldJun 21, 2017 - 11:30am
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch for the Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite mission. Photo credit: SpaceX.

Commercial Innovation Can Transform Space Acquisition

“To be frank, the government approach, and our approach to space acquisition operations, and our approach to our relationship and partnerships with the industrial sector — while they’re strong — have to be relooked at, renewed, refigured, and refreshed.” Major General Thompson, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, June 2 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Above the FoldMar 06, 2017 - 6:30pm
U.S. Capitol before sunrise.

Senate Targets Obama Rule Blacklisting Federal Contractors

Businesses shouldn’t have to sacrifice their due process rights in order to do work for the federal government.

Above the FoldOct 12, 2016 - 9:00am
"Compliance" in a bear trap.

Are Massive Document Demands of Federal Contractors Necessary?

A GAO report finds that the vast majority of them play by the rules.

Above the FoldApr 06, 2016 - 9:00am
U.S. Capitol

A Contracting Blacklist Would Undermine National Security and Economic Growth

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

Above the FoldDec 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
Kayakers in North Carolina's Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Up a Creek Without a Paddle: Executive Orders Transform Outdoor Guides Into Federal Contractors

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