Hearings

Full Committee Joint Hearing with Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

May 12, 2011
Politicizing Procurement: Will President Obama’s Proposal Curb Free Speech and Hurt Small Business?
On Thursday, May 12 at 1:30 pm, the House Small Business Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a joint full committee hearing entitled Politicizing Procurement: Will President Obama’s Proposal Curb Free Speech and Hurt Small Business?.  The hearing took place in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

This hearing examined the proposed Obama Executive Order (“EO”) mandating the disclosure of political donations by government contractors as a prerequisite to receiving a government contract, and evaluate its impact and consequences upon the federal acquisition system. Specifically, the Committees was concerned that this proposed EO will inject politics into the procurement process, violated political free speech rights, and usurp the legislative power of Congress. 


Opening Statement:

Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO)
Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA)

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    Panel 1

  • Daniel I. Gordon, Administrator, Office of Management and Budget Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Washington, DC  Panel 2

  • Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council, Arlington, VA
  • D. Mark Renaud, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC
  • M.L. Mackey, CEO, Beacon Interactive Systems, Cambridge, MA
  • Lawrie Hollingsworth, President, Asset Recovery Technologies, Inc., Annapolis, MD
  • Marion Blakey, CEO, Aerospace Industries Association, Arlington, VA
  • Bradley A. Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio

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