ARWG Responds to Senate NDAA Amendments

Arlington, Va., Nov. 29, 2011—The Professional Services Council, through its association with the Acquisition Reform Working Group (ARWG), submitted recommendations to the Senate today regarding amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act, prominently including amendments that would inappropriately place limitations on the use of cost-type contracts and inappropriately inject the government into contractor business relationships with employees and subcontractors.

The group also supported a number of amendments, including those that would lift the temporary moratorium on public-private competitions, would enact long-term authorization of programs supporting small business innovation, and would assess acquisition regulations through an independent commission.

“Smart contracting that saves taxpayer dollars is reliant on rules and regulations that make sense, are imminently clear and support an environment of innovation and collaboration,” said PSC President and CEO Stan Soloway.  “While several amendments introduced include common sense reforms, others would limit DoD’s contracting flexibility and access to top level talent available in the private sector. Hence, we hope Senators will pay careful attention to our recommendations.”

The letter sent to the Senate today can be found here.

About PSC: PSC is the voice of the government professional and technical services industry. PSC’s nearly 350 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states. Follow PSC on Twitter @PSCSpeaks and @StanSoloway.

About ARWG: ARWG is comprised of the Aerospace Industries Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Council of Independent Laboratories, National Defense Industrial Association, Professional Services Council, TechAmerica, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Coalition for Government Procurement and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It represents thousands of small, mid-sized and large companies and hundreds of thousands of employees that provide goods, services and personnel to the government.