Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has opened a hearing on the role of theÂ Government Publishing Office and its potential impact on market competition, GovExec reported Wednesday.
Charles Clark writes thatÂ 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 alsoÂ 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 toÂ Title 44 of theÂ U.S. Code asÂ 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 andÂ agreed toÂ send a letter toÂ remind them of their choices, the report said.