Contracting Fairness

Hearing Date: July 8, 2016 9:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine when it is appropriate for the federal government to contract with the private sector for goods and services and when it is appropriate for the government to provide goods and services in-house with an emphasis on promoting public-private competition to generate efficiencies and reduce costs.


  • Until 2009, the federal government’s long-standing policy preference was to rely on the private sector, where most cost effective, to perform commercial activities.
  • The 1998 Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act required federal agencies to:
    • conduct an inventory of their commercial activities;
    • hold competitions when considering contracting out these activities.
  • Since 2009, legislative developments have prohibited public-private competitions in favor of encouraging more in-sourcing of contractor provided goods and services.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ms. Angela B. Styles Partner Crowell & Moring Document
Mr. John Palatiello President Business Coalition for Fair Contracting Document
Mr. Maurice McTigue Vice President, Outreach Mercatus Center Document
Mr. Donald F. Kettl Professor, School of Public Policy University of Maryland Document

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