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Rep. Mick Mulvaney Lobbies for Ban on In-sourcing

A Republican congressman is lobbying the Obama administration to ban cost-based in-sourcing, requesting agencies to publish their rationale for in-sourcing contractor jobs and to allow the public to comment on these decisions.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), chairman of the Small Business Committee’s contracting and workforce subcommittee, presided over a hearing Thursday that focused on the impact of in-sourcing on small businesses, confirming plans to investigate instances where agency in-sourcing hurt small businesses and involve the Small Business Administration in the discussion.

The hearing was not without its defenders. Washington Technology reports Jacque Simon, public policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, argued in favor of in-sourcing, citing an easier approach to budgetary spending and the ability of agency employees to perform multiple roles as reasons to support it.

Bonnie Carroll, owner and president of Information International Associates from Oak Ridge, Tenn., was on the side of Mulvaney, stating that in-sourcing has decreased opportunities for small business in addition to yielding power to take away their contracts. She also said the government has never proven how in-sourcing is beneficial to the sector.

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