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Federal Issue: Private Sector Utilization (FFGCA)
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Private Sector Utilization
Freedom From Government Competition Act (FFGCA)

A positive public-private partnership model is needed so that there are clearly defined roles and responsibilities to provide synergy between the public and private sectors in the Federal level, and particularly with regard to geospatial activities. In this difficult economy, government agencies should be utilizing private sector geospatial firms to the maximum extent practical, not duplicating or directly competing against them. There is a need and role for government in surveying, mapping and geospatial activities. Agency personnel should be focused on inherently governmental activities such as enforcement of standards and specifications, development of requirements, coordination, and administering contracts. Commercial activities, including data acquisition, processing, applications, and value added services should be left to the qualified, competent and capable private sector in surveying and mapping.



MAPPS Issue Paper on Private Sector Utilization & FFGCA - 2016

Freedom From Government Competition (FFGCA) Act

"To Reduce Unfair Government with Private Sector Geospatial Firms"

H.R. 1339
S. 506
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)