Weekly update

The TRAC Bill (Truthfulness, Responsibility and Accountability in Contracting Act), HR 3766 in the house and S. 2841 in the Senate appears dead for this Congressional session. The bill ensures that the business of the Federal Government is conducted in the public interest and in a manner that provides for public accountability, efficient delivery of services, reasonable cost savings, and prevention of unwarranted Government expenses, and for other purposes. Hearings scheduled for October 18th were abruptly canceled after protests from opponents of the bill, which did not appear close to passage. More than 200 members of Congress had already signed as co-sponsors of the bill, which is opposed by many organizations whose members do work for federal agencies. Although the bill would freeze federal contracting and prohibit many forms of government outsourcing, some Capitol Hill observers suspect that members are agreeing to co-sponsor without understanding the full impact.