Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee this week introduced a bill (The Freedom From Government Competition Act, S. 1116 and H.R. 2044) that would require the government to hand over control of its public functions to private businesses. Legislative language is not yet available, but the bill title says it would “require that the federal government procure from the private sector the goods and services necessary for the operations and management of certain government agencies” – code words for mass outsourcing of federal work. The Senate bill has one cosponsor and the House bill has 17 cosponsors.
Even though a similar bill was introduced last year, we expect more momentum in favor of this bill this year because of the makeup of Congress.