This morning MAPPS hit a roadblock in its fight to end Pentagon Competition with Private Businesses. The U.S. House voted on the Coffman (CO) Amendment (#54) to H.R. 4310, the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The Coffman (CO) Amendment did not pass. 209 votes were cast in favor, 211 votes were cast against it and 11 Representatives did not vote. MAPPS is committed to pursuing pieces of legislation and amendments that significantly limit the federal government's ability to compete with the private sector. Although this is indeed a tough loss, it carries the promise that a significant number of representatives have heard your pleas for a business environment in which the government is no longer your biggest competitor.
To review the vote tally click here.
MAPPS is committed to continue its fight to end government competition in the geospatial profession. If the Coffman amendment had come to pass, it would have reintroduced competition to the contracting of government services and repealed the moratorium on A-76 procedures related to public/private competitions within the Department of Defense.
MAPPS played a vital role in getting this amendment to come to a vote, including being among 24 organizations that co-signed a letter to House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman "Buck McKeon” (CA). The letter called for an end to Pentagon competition with private businesses by advocating the inclusion or removal of certain provisions impacting taxpayers and the private sector.