To require that the Federal Government procure from the private sector the goods and services necessary for the operations and management of certain Government agencies, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Freedom from Government Competition Act of 2017

 This bill requires each executive or military department or independent
establishment to obtain all goods and services necessary for or beneficial to
the accomplishment of its authorized functions by procurement from private
sources, except if: (1) such goods or services are required by law to be
produced or performed by such agency; or (2) the agency determines and certifies
that federal production, manufacture, or provision of a good or service is
necessary for the national defense or homeland security, that a good or service
is so critical to the agency's mission or so inherently governmental in nature
that it is in the public interest to require production or performance by
government employees, or that there is no private source capable of providing
the good or service.

This bill requires such private sector provision of goods and services to be
performed through: (1) the divestiture of federal involvement, (2) the award of
a contract using competitive procedures, or (3) conducting a public-private
competitive sourcing analysis in accordance with Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) procedures and determining that using the private sector is in the best
interest of the United States and provides the best value to the taxpayer.

The bill authorizes an agency to utilize federal employees to provide goods or
services previously provided by a private sector entity upon completion of a
public-private competitive sourcing analysis and after determining that
provision by federal employees provides the best value.

The OMB must carry out a study to evaluate the activities carried out in each



  • Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

    Mar 2nd, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Mar 2nd, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Mar 2nd, 2017