Organizations that support the free enterprise system and believe the government should rely to a greater extent on the private sector are encouraged to participate in a special January 15th public relations opportunity.
It was on January 15, 1955 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued Bureau of the Budget Bulletin 55-4 to declare it is in the public interest that the Federal Government establish a consistent policy to rely on the private sector of the economy to provide goods and services that are necessary for or beneficial to the operation and management of Federal Government agencies and to avoid Federal Government competition with the private sector of the economy. This is a policy that has been upheld by every succeeding administration of both parties and is still the foundation to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.
Recognizing the 50th anniversary year of the Federal Government's policy of reliance on the private sector of the economy is an opportunity to remind the American people that private sector business concerns, which are free to respond to the private or public demands of the marketplace, constitute the strength of the American economic system; that competitive private sector enterprises are the most productive, efficient, and effective sources of goods and services; that unfair government competition with the private sector of the economy is detrimental to all businesses and the American economic system; that unfair government competition with the private sector of the economy is at an unacceptably high level, both in scope and in dollar volume as evidenced by its high ranking on the platforms of each meeting of the White House Conference on Small Business; and that when government engages in entrepreneurial activities that are beyond its core mission and compete with the private sector the focus and attention of the government are diverted from executing the basic mission and work of that government; and those activities constitute unfair government competition with the private sector.
This 50th anniversary is a great opportunity to highlight the benefits and success of the Bush Administration's "Competitive Sourcing" initiative, to call attention to the work left to be done, and to highlight the need for vigilance in assuring that government sticks to inherently governmental activities while empowering an ownership society in the private sector.
Today, more than 800,000 Federal employees are in jobs that the agencies themselves consider “commercial” in nature. It is time to recommit to the 1955 Eisenhower policy.
Organizations are urged to issue press releases, OpEd columns, develop web site content and hold forums or other special events to commemorate this very special 50th anniversary. We are coordinating with the White House, and are discussing a resolution in Congress.
For further information or to learn how you can participate, contact:
John M. Palatiello, President
John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc.
1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 515
Reston VA 20190