Action Required - From NSPS

January 31, 2018 12:01 PM | Evelyn Cable (Administrator)

Next Tuesday, February 6, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform ("OGR") of the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to mark-up (vote in committee),  H.R. 1339, the Freedom from Government Competition Act

NSPS has historically been in strong support of this bill and included it in its Hill visits during Lobby Day on several occasions.

This mark-up is a major victory for NSPS. It is the first BIG step in getting the bill passed.

NSPS members should contact members of the U.S. Houses of Representatives from their state who are members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. To look up members of this committee, click here.  To lookup who is your member of Congress (Home and office may be different), click here and use your zip code.

Here are points to make in a telephone call or email:

  • Please vote "Yes" on H.R. 1339, the Freedom From Government Competition Act, in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next Tuesday, February 6.
  • 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 surveying, mapping and geospatial activities. 
  • Federal agencies should be utilizing private sector geospatial firms to the maximum extent practical, not duplicating or directly competing against them.
  • The federal government has a total of more than 1.2 million employees who are involved in performing commercially available activities, with several thousand in surveying, mapping and geospatial services. Many of these activities that can be found in the "Yellow Pages" from private companies, including small business, on Main Street USA. Numerous government studies have identified surveying, mapping and other "geospatial" activities as prime examples of commercial activities in which the federal government competes with and duplicates the private sector.
  • There is a need and role for government in surveying, mapping, and geospatial activities. Federal agencies (such as National Geodetic Survey - NGS) provide critical services and data access for use by the private sector to support their daily operations, and the private sector provides data to agencies to enhance government data sets. This collaborative relationship should continue, allowing agencies to focus on inherently governmental activities such as establishing and enforcing standards and specifications, development of requirements, coordination, and administering contracts, while the qualified, competent, and capable surveying and mapping private sector should provide commercial activities (including data acquisition, processing, applications, and value added services).
  • The "Freedom from Government Competition Act" (H.R. 1339) will codify the "Yellow Pages" test, applied by Mayors and Governors, both Democrat and Republican, that says if you can find private sector firms in the Yellow Pages providing products or services that the government is also providing, then the service should be subject to market competition to break up the government monopoly and prove a better value to the taxpayer. This bill will not only make government smaller and more efficient, but can save more than $27 billion annually and improve the quality of services.
  • Please vote "Yes" on H.R. 1339, the Freedom From Government Competition Act, in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next Tuesday, February 6. 

Remember, this is targeted - NSPS members should communicate with members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform  - ONLY, not other members of the House, not the Senate, for now.

 

 


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