TechNet Statement On U.S. Appeals Court Considering Important Tech Case Today
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, welcomes today’s oral arguments in Palantir USG, Inc. v. U.S. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. TechNet filed an amicus brief in June 2017 in support of Palantir’s position. The brief, which was prepared by the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, is available here.
The case involves a dispute between the U.S. Army and Palantir about a 1994 law — the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) — which requires federal agencies to procure commercially available technology. This commercial item preference was enacted by Congress to prevent federal government agencies from developing their own technology systems from scratch when the proven technologies they need already exist.
“The federal government should be using the most secure state-of-the-art technologies that have already been rigorously tested and improved, instead of developing their own unproven and more costly systems from scratch,” said TechNet President and CEO Linda Moore. “The law is clear that the federal government should not be wasting taxpayer dollars on creating their own technology products when those products are already commercially available, more secure, and can be immediately put to use in serving the American people. This case is an opportunity to settle the matter once and for all.”
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