The meaning of “inherently governmental” is different to different people. The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan met on Friday to examine the meaning of that term in relation to private security contractors. Commission co-chair Christopher Shays said his goal for the hearing was to
“The question we tackle today does not depend on whether PSC performance deserves praise or blame, on what they cost, or on how well their contracts are managed. The question here is whether they are performing inherently governmental functions that should not be contracted out in whole or in part, no matter what the demand or workload.”
The witness panel at the hearing included Dr. Al Burman, President of Jefferson Solutions and former OFPP Administrator; Dr. Allison Stanger, Professor and Director of the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs at Middlebury College; Stan Soloway, President and CEO of the Professional Services Council; Danielle Brian, Executive Director of the Project on Government Oversight; Dr. Deborah Avant, Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies and the Center for Research on International and Global Studies at the University of California, Irvine; and Dr. John Nagl, President of the Center for New American Security.