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Federal Issue: Freedom From Government Competition Act
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Freedom From Government Competition Act (FFGCA)

The Federal government has more than 850,000 employees who are involved in performing commercially available activities. These are activities that can be found in the "Yellow Pages” and from private companies, including small business, on Main Street, USA. Surveying, mapping and other "geospatial” services are prime examples of commercial activities in which the Federal government duplicates and competes with the private sector.

MAPPS respectfully urges members of Congress to offer amendments to appropriations bills and authorization legislation calling for utilization of the private sector to the maximum extent practical for geospatial activities. MAPPS opposes limits on the ability of agencies to utilize the private sector and urges members of Congress to reject such provisions. Additionally, Representatives are asked to cosponsor the Freedom from Government Competition Act.

Government and University Competition Committee

Freedom From Government Competition (FFGCA) Act

"To Reduce Unfair Government with Private Geospatial Firms"

 
 House Bill (H.R. 2044)
 
 Senate Bill (S. 1116)
 
MAPPS Government Competition Issue Paper (2013)
MAPPS opposes limits on the ability of agencies to utilize the private sector and urges members of Congress to reject such provisions. MAPPS also urges Congress to enact a moratorium on in-sourcing. 


MAPPS Government Competition Issue Paper (2012)

Government competition with private geospatial firms is on the rise again. Agencies are not only adding employees and buying equipment to duplicate and compete with private service and data firms, but Federal agencies are now "insourcing" activities that were recently done by private contractors. MAPPS will advocate the Freedom from Government Competition Act.  The House bill  sponsored by Rep. John "Jimmy" Duncan (R-TN) and the  Senate bill sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-SD).

 

MAPPS Government Competition Issue Paper (2011)