Business Coalition for Fair Competition
Events
 
Upcoming Events:

BCFC Policy Meeting on Highway Bill Reauthorization




Representative Tom Petri (R-WI)
Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
At a soon to be announced location on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
Past Events: 

BCFC Candidate Roundtable
Bradley Byrne (AL-1)




Wednesday, February 5, 2014
AGC Townhouse on Capitol Hill
Washington, DC



BCFC Policy Roundtable with Rep. Virginia Foxx 


On Thursday, November 14  the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC) hosted a policy roundtable with Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC). Rep. Foxx is Chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. During the roundtable BCFC members discussed univeritys competition issues and the Higher Education Act reauthorization bill, including limits on unfair competition by universities.
BCFC Candidate Roundtable
Carl Demaio



In the mid-to-late 1990s, the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC) took part in getting the Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act enacted into law via Congressional efforts. One of the leaders in that effort, Carl DeMaio, has gone on to bigger and better things. Carl moved back to San Diego and in 2008 he was elected to the City Council.  He helped save the city from bankruptcy, reformed a bloated and wasteful city employee pension system, and instituted "competitive sourcing" and the Yellow Pages Test in San Diego.  Carl narrowly lost an election for mayor last year. Recently, Carl announced his candidacy for Congress in a district he carried in the mayoral race. Mr. DeMaio is a candidate for the House seat held formerly by Brian Bilbray (R) and now held by Rep. Scott Peters (D).
 
On Tuesday, October 8 BCFC is hosted a candidate roundtable with Republican House Candidate Carl DeMaio (CA-52). 
Virginia Candidate Forum   



BCFC moderated a Candidate Forum featuring State Senator Mark Obenshain, Republican Nominee for Attorney General in the Commonwealth of Virginia on Friday, August 9, 2013. The event was hosted at the headquarters of the National Pest Management Association. 
Forum on Unfair Non-Profit Competition,
Including University, with Private Sector    
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Inn at Fredericksburg Square

Non-profit organizations are provided special tax status under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. These groups are required to pay an "unrelated business income tax" or UBIT on its commercial or "non-exempt" activities. The Federal Government first exempted charitable organizations from tax in 1913. In 1950, in response to complaints about unfair competition, Congress changed the tax law by creating the UBIT. Under UBIT, revenues from sources unrelated to the non- profit’s tax-exempt purpose are subject to taxation.


The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Advocacy will participated in a listening capacity to hear from a wide range of markets, professions and industries. The SBA is considering this issue as part of a White House  “Innovation Initiative,” an effort focused on the specific needs and concerns faced by companies and entrepreneurs. 
BCFC Policy Roundtable with 
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX)



On Thursday, April 18, 2013 BCFC held a policy roundtable with Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), the new Chair of the House Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and Census Subcommittee with jurisdiction over Federal employees, USPS and Census competition with the private sector. 
BCFC Congressional Roundtable with
 Rep. John Mica (R-FL)


The Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC) to hosted a policy roundtable with Rep. John Mica (R-FL).

Rep. Mica is the Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, with jurisdiction over procurement and acquisition for the Federal government. 

Topics discussed during the roundtable included: Government acquisition and procurement; "insourcing"; OMB Circular A-76 public-private cost comparisons; Federal Prison Industries (FPI) Reform; Federal real property management and ownership; postal reform; and other forms of unfair government competition with the private sector. Transportation and infrastructure issues and the role of the private sector (Corps of Engineers water resources, AMTRAK, and many others) were discussed.

Photos from the roundtable can be viewed here.
BCFC Congressional Roundtable with
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) 




The Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC)  hosted a policy roundtable on March 19, 2013 with Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA).
 
Rep. Wittman is the Chair of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, with jurisdiction over procurement and acquisition for the Department of Defense. At the event groups discussed “insourcing”; OMB Circular A-76 public-private cost comparisons; Federal Prison Industries (FPI) Reform; other forms of unfair government competition with the private sector connected to DoD and the 2014 NDAA.

View pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

September 27 Congressional Scorecard 
Media Event



On September 27, BCFC held a news event featuring the release of the Congressional Scorecard for the 112th Congress. The voting index lists how every member of the U.S. House and Senate voted on unfair government competition with the private sector, as identified by the Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC). A description of each vote is also included.


The total score for each member of Congress indicates the member’s vote impacting unfair government competition with the private sector. A score of 100% means the lawmaker supported the free enterprise system and the BCFC position on every vote. A score of 0% means the lawmaker opposed the free enterprise system and the BCFC position on every vote. he information in this scorecard is provided as a public service to educate voters about an important national issue before the U.S. Congress and is not an endorsement of any candidate or party.

BCFC Policy Roundtable with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)



Wednesday, September 19 
BCFC held a policy roundtable with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday September 19, 2012 to discuss S. 3303, legislation requiring security screening of passengers at airports to be carried out by private screening companies. Additionally, other government competition issues including prison industry competition was discussed during the roundtable.
BCFC Roundtable with Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Senate Candidate



Thursday, September 13, 2012

 BCFC Roundtable with John Koster (WA-1), House Candidate



Tuesday, September 13, 2012

Yellow Pages Caucus Briefing Featuring SpaceX and Privatization

President Obama has pressed for greater utilization of the private sector in the space technology and transportation fields. Private sector firms such as SpaceX have answered the call. BCFC hosted a policy roundtable to hear the SpaceX's success story, and learn about other markets where the government should be utilizing the private sector for commercially available activities, goods, and services. 

This briefing took place with the House Yellow Pages Caucus.

Wednesday, September 12
BCFC Roundtable with Patrick Murray (VA-8), House Candidate



Tuesday, September 11, 2012
BCFC Roundtable with Jason Plummer (IL-12), House Candidate



Tuesday, September 11 



BCFC Roundtable with Republican House Candidate (NV-1) Chris Edwards 


 

 BCFC Roundtable with Keith Rothfus Republican House Candidate (PA-12) 

 

Wednesday, July 25 
 



BCFC Roundtable with Kevin Cramer Republican House Candidate
(ND-At Large)


 
Wednesday, July 25
View photos on our Facebook Page!



 BCFC Roundtable with Maggie Brooks
 Republican House Candidate (NY-25)



Rodney Davis, Republican House Candidate (IL-13)
Thursday, June 21 from 2:30pm-3:15pm
NRCC 2nd Floor Conference Room, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.




Candid
ate Roundtable Josh Mandel, Senate Candidate (R-OH)
Monday, June 4, 2012
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.Candidate Roundtable





Ann Wagner, Republican House Candidate (MO-2) 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012




Candidate Roundtable Jesse Kelly, Republican House Candidate (AZ-8)
 Wednesday, May 9, 2011 





On Tuesday, April 17, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) attended a BCFC policy roundtable and provided remarks on H.R. 2569 the "Free File Program Act of 2011" impacting the IRS and tax preparation services, products and data.

Not only is Rep. Roskam the lead sponsor of H.R. 2569, but he is also the Chief Deputy Majority Whip for House Republicans. BCFC
supports H.R. 2569, which would make the Free File program permanent and provides for a public private partnership as a helpful option for implementation. Although the IRS Free File program is almost a decade old, popular, and an important element of the IRS electronic filing initiative, it could be terminated by the IRS without review and approval by Congress in favor of other electronic filing programs, including programs in which the IRS would control tax preparation and electronic filing services.


BCFC held a policy roundtable January 18, 2012 with Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) to discuss his sponsorship of H.R. 2570, the “Rock Island Arsenal Public Private Partnership Act” and H.R. 3376, the “Saving Over Spending Act”. H.R. 2570 was added to the House 2012 Defense Authorization (HR 1540). Rep. Schilling not only is a member of the House Small Business and Agriculture Committees, but he is also a member of the Armed Services Committee. 


BCFC held a policy roundtable with Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) to discuss his sponsorship of H.R. 2752, the “BLM Live Internet Auctions Act”. H.R. 2752 allows BLM to auction public lands and property for disposal with the auctioneering to be contracted out. Rep. Johnson not only chairs the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, but he also is a member on the House Natural Resources and Foreign Affairs Committees. 


BCFC will held a policy roundtable with Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to discuss his sponsorship of H.R. 3090, the “EDA Elimination Act” and H.R. 3308, the “Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act”. Rep. Pompeo is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee


BCFC Policy Roundtable with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI)
View photos from the even on our Facebook Page!



BCFC Congressional Roundtable with Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
View photos from the roundtable on our Facebook page!

On September 14, 2011 BCFC held a policy roundtable with Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to discuss his oversight of insourcing and government competition with the private sector, and what legislative options he is pursuing to address insourcing. Rep. Mulvaney not only chairs the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, but he held a June 23, 2011 oversight hearing on insourcing, and cosigned the July 14th Congressional letter to the House Appropriations Committee.





BCFC Congressional Roundtable  with Rep. Dennis Ross

On July 28, 2011 BCFC hosted a policy roundtable with Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, US Postal Service, & Labor Policy. As Chairman, he has a direct role in forming policy and legislation on Federal insourcing, unfair government competition, and has recently helped introduce legislation concerning Federal workforce reduction (H.R. 2114) and U.S. Postal Service reform (H.R. 2309). Rep. Ross is not only an original cosponsor of H.R. 1474, the Freedom From Government Competition Act, but also serves on the House Education and the Workforce, and Judiciary Committees.



BCFC Congressional Roundtable with Rep. James Lankford (R-OK)

Photos from the event can be found on our
Facebook page.


Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform. As Chairman, he will have a direct role in forming policy and legislation on Federal insourcing and unfair government competition. Rep. Lankford also serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure, and Budget Committees.

    Congressional Roundtable FY 2012 Defense Authorization
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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    BCFC members met with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) & House Armed Services Committee Member Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) for a roundtable discussion on Federal "insourcing" and he latest news, policies and legislation surrounding unfair government competition with the private sector.



    Special State Legislative Luncheon
    Special Guests:
    Maryland Delegate-Elect Michael Hough (R-3B-Frederick)
     Virginia Delegate Jim LeMunyon (R-67-Chantilly)
    Tuesday, January 4, 2010 

    The Elections are Over: What's Next for Small Business?

    What:     "Small Business Post-Election Briefing"

    When:     Thursday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. ET.

    Where:    National Press Club, First Amendment Lounge

    Who: Influential business leaders representing a broad cross-section of America's small business community will provide analysis on what the election outcome means for entrepreneurs.  They will outline what the new Congress and the Obama Administration need to focus on to boost small business confidence, hiring, investment and economic growth.

    From taxes to federal procurement policy; health care to regulation; government spending to energy; trade to telecommunications, the briefing will address a wide array of issues that are of concern to small businesses and why entrepreneurs will remain an influential voice in shaping the policy agenda.

    Participants:

    Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

    Harry Alford, President & CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce

    Allen Guiterrez, Executive Director, The Latino Coalition

    John Palatiello, President, Business Coalition for Fair Competition

    Kelly Scanlon, Chair, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

    “CONGRESSIONAL VOTES ON GOVERNMENT COMPETITION”
    OCTOBER 28, 2010 
    ZENGER ROOM, NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
    529th 14th St. NW, 13th Floor - Washington, DC 20045

    10 House and 10 Senate key votes from the 111th Congress centered on:
    1) Insourcing;
    2) Government takeovers of healthcare and student loans;
    3) New Federal programs that compete withand duplicate capabilities in the private sector;4) Legislation decreasing government reliance on the private sector; and5) Federal property ownership.

    SPEAKERS:
    John M. Palatiello, President, Business Coalition for Fair Competition (BCFC)
    David Denholm, President, Public Service Research Foundation (PSRF)
    Larry Hart, Director of Government Relations, The American Conservative Union (ACU)
    F. Vincent Vernuccio, Labor Policy Counsel, Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)
    Dino Teppara, Chairman, Indian American Conservative Council (IACC)
    Hadley Heath, Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum (IWF)
    Victor S. Parra, President, United Motorcoach Association (UMA)
    John Byrd, Government Affairs Manager, MAPPS


    The Bloggers Briefing
    Tuesday, October 12On October 12, BCFC President John Palatiello delivered remarks in front of a packed "Bloggers Briefing" hosted at the Heritage Foundation. Palatiello focused his remarks on the latest statistics involving the insourcing, unfair government competition, and the DISCLOSE Act's impact on private sector contracting firms.
    Listen to the briefing on BlogTalk Radio.


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