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Federal Issue: Federal Prison Industries Reform
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Federal Prison Industries (FPI) Reform

 House Bill (H.R. 4671)
 House Bill (H.R. 1699)
2012 Issue Paper - Federal Prison Industries
Federal Prison Industries (FPI), a corporation created by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (operating as UNICOR) and state prisons operating under Federal law, engage in unfair government-sponsored competition with private enterprise, including mapping-related services such as including GIS, CADD, data entry, scanning, and digitizing.  Take a look at the issue paper.  Legislation has been introduced by Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Barney Frank (D-MA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and others.

Federal Prison Industries Competing with Private Surveying and Mapping Companies - MAPPS Blog

H.R. 3634 - "Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2011"
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to require Federal Prison Industries to compete for its contracts minimizing its unfair competition with private sector firms and their non-inmate workers and empowering Federal agencies to get the best value for taxpayers’ dollars, to provide a five-year period during which Federal Prison Industries adjusts to obtaining inmate work opportunities through other than its mandatory source status, to enhance inmate access to remedial and vocational opportunities and other rehabilitative opportunities to better prepare inmates for a successful return to society, to authorize alternative inmate work opportunities in support of nonprofit organizations and other public service programs,and for other purposes.