Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has opened a hearing on the role of the Government Publishing Office and its potential impact on market competition, GovExec reported Wednesday.
Charles Clark writes that Chaffetz noted the need to have a full and open competition for the government’s secure credentialing requirements in order to drive innovation and value.
Representatives of two private companies also told the committee that GPO presents a potential threat to the survival of businesses that provide identification products to agencies, the report said.
“GPO doesn’t have the incentive or capacity to manufacture like the private sector,” said Kathleen Carroll, vice president for corporate affairs at HID Global.
Clark reports that James Albers, senior vice president for government operations at MorphoTrust, pointed to Title 44 of the U.S. Code as a possible “loophole” to remove competition for GPO.
GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks has highlighted that government agencies do have the option to outsource secure credentials and agreed to send a letter to remind them of their choices, the report said.