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Coalition Letter to Chairman Buck McKeon (5!8!12)

Coalition Letter to Chairman Buck McKeon (5!8!12)

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Published by: Adam Berkland on May 08, 2012
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 May 8, 2012The Honorable Howard P.
“Buck” McKeon
, ChairmanCommittee on Armed ServicesU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20515Dear Mr. Chairman:As the House Armed Services Committee works on the 2013 National Defense AuthorizationAct (NDAA), the undersigned organizations respectfully urge you and members of theCommittee to support language to:
place a moratorium on the insourcing of commercial activities within DoD;
conduct a “yellow pages”
test for all commercial activities currently performed bygovernment employees within DoD;
lift the moratorium on OMB Circular A-76 competitions within DoD;
strike language imposing limitations on OMB Circular A-76 competitions within DoD;
strike the inventory of service contracts; and
strike the intergovernmental support agreements with state and local governments if suchagreements allow for local, state and/or the Federal government to unfairly compete andduplicate those commercial activities available in the private sector.We believe this request will help you keep anti-taxpayer, anti-free enterprise provisions out of the 2013 NDAA.According to OMB, GAO and the Center for Naval Analysis, savings of 30% are achieved whenimplementing competitive sourcing/A-76 public-private cost comparisons to commercialactivities currently performed by the government. There are more than 453,000 employeesperforming commercial activities, according to agency inventories compiled under the FederalActivities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act of 1998, Public Law 105-270. If competition is appliedto all 453,000 DoD FAIR Act positions, the annual savings would exceed $13 billion.At a time of 8.1% unemployment and anemic private sector job creation, an annual deficit of $1.3 trillion, and a national debt of $15.6 trillion, Congress should be encouraging cost savingsand growth in the private sector. Provisions that prohibit, impede, interfere, obstruct, encumber,or delay OMB Circular A-76 or competitive sourcing studies, or that provide for insourcing
thecancelation of contracts to the private sector and the conversion of work to performance byfederal employees
should be kept out of the 2013 NDAA.As the Committee on Armed Services marks up the 2013 NDAA, we respectfully recommendthat provisions inhibiting the utilization of the private sector not be included, and that provisionsempowering the private sector be included in this bill.Sincerely,
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Jim MartinChairman60 Plus AssociationDaniel FaraciDirector, Government AffairsAlliance for Affordable ServicesPeter S. UngerPresident & CEOAmerican Association for Laboratory AccreditationAl CardenasChairmanAmerican Conservative UnionE. Colette NelsonExecutive Vice PresidentAmerican Subcontractors Association
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James ValvoDirector of PolicyAmericans for ProsperityGrover NorquistPresidentAmericans for Tax ReformJohn M. PalatielloPresidentBusiness Coalition for Fair CompetitionMark A. Casso, Esq.PresidentConstruction Industry Round TableMattie DupplerExecutive DirectorCost of Government Center

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