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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Duncan Seeks More Private Competition with Government

March 9, 2017
Press Release


Duncan Seeks More Private Competition with Government

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     March 2, 2017      Contact: DON WALKER     (202) 225-5435                                                                                                                              

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) re-introduced legislation today that would allow the private sector to more easily compete for government jobs. 

The Freedom from Government Competition Act requires a “Yellow Pages” test for every commercial activity undertaken by the federal government. 

This test simply states that if there are private businesses listed in the Yellow Pages that provide services that the government is also providing, then the service should be subject to competition. 

“There is waste in the private sector, but it pales in comparison to waste in government,” Duncan said.   “Every dollar kept in the private sector and away from government will do more to help the economy, create jobs, and hold down prices.”

“My bill does not mandate privatization.  It gives Executive Branch agencies options to preserve those activities that only the government should do, while proposing competition with the private sector for those functions that are commercial,” Duncan continued.  “This bill will make certain the government is not unfairly competing with small business and assure that products and services are provided at the best value to the taxpayer.”

Earlier this year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) identified 1.12 million full-time-equivalent employees performing jobs that are not inherently governmental.

Use of a “Yellow Pages” test on the positions identified under the FAIR Act, if competed within five years, could reap annual savings totaling $20-$28 billion.

Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) introduced the companion bill in the Senate. ###