Katrina's Continuing Impact on Procurement - Emergency Procurement Powers in H.R. 3766
Government Contractor, Vol. 47, No. 35, par. 397, September 21, 2005
7 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2005 Last revised: 31 May 2012
Date Written: 2005
As Hurricane Katrina relief efforts grow into the billions of dollars, the U.S. Congress is considering additional legislation to liberalize procurement, including H.R. 3766, co-sponsored by Representatives Kenny Marchant and Tom Davis. In these comments on the proposed legislation, Professors Christopher Yukins and Joshua Schwartz asked whether the proposed changes, which would eviscerate competition for most procurement related to disaster relief, are truly necessary. Professor Yukins suggests that, though it might in some circumstances be necessary to dismantle the federal regulatory regime to accommodate a wave of new firms in the federal market, there is too little evidence yet to support such radical measures. Professor Schwartz argues that there is no basis, empirically or analytically, for any effort to undo the careful protections afforded by the federal procurement system.
Keywords: public procurement, emergency procurement, federal procurement policy
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