In 1916, the passage of the National Park Service Organic Act established the National Park Service (NPS). It is from this original law that the NPS Commercial Services Program evolved.
What Laws Govern Concessions?
The 1965 Concession Policy Act (Public Law 89-249) historically governed concession contracts and operations. This law authorized numerous policies and procedures regarding concessions operations.
Congress enacted the 1998 Concessions Management Improvement Act (Public Law 105-391) with the objective of improving concessions and increasing competition of contracts.
Some of the major changes in the 1998 Act include:
- Reduced preferential right situations
- Franchise fee distribution changes
- New competitive bid requirements
- Increased accountability and oversight