Congress mulls changes to ‘inherently governmental’ activities

Originally published in FCW discussing inherently governmental activities.

By Mark Rockwell

John Palatiello, president of the Business Coalition for Fair Competition, told lawmakers that some agencies have indeed reconsidered how they receive services in many areas, including IT.

For instance, the U.S. Geological Survey has transitioned from being an in-house map-production agency that often duplicated the efforts of private firms to become an agency that taps mapping companies for their data while focusing its employees on standards and coordination.

In contrast, Palatiello said, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to replicate what it might get from the private sector for less.

“NOAA still does hydrographic surveys in-house” when the same or more technically advanced capabilities are readily available from companies, he said.

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