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Graves Announces Committee Schedule for Week of March 18

Washington, Mar 15 -

Committee to Hold Hearings on Duplication in Government Programs, Challenges Facing Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and the Impact of Cyber-Attacks on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, DC – The Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of March 18, 2013:

On Tuesday, March 19th, at 2:00 p.m. the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), will conduct a joint subcommittee hearing with the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations titled Consistently Inconsistent: Challenges for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. The hearing is rescheduled from March 7th.

The Subcommittees will meet to examine challenges facing small businesses owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans seeking federal contracts using both the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs contracting programs.  Specifically, the Subcommittees will hear testimony regarding the statutory, regulatory and interpretive differences in the two programs and how these differences affect veterans. 

“We have an obligation to both the taxpayers and our veteran small business owners to ensure that these programs are efficient and transparent” said Chairman Hanna (R-NY). “Our service-disabled veterans have given much to this country.  I look forward to hearing from those who also own small businesses and are creating jobs to learn what we can do to assist them.”

On Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, Entrepreneurial Assistance: Examining Inefficiencies and Duplication Across Federal Programs

The purpose of this hearing is to provide oversight on fragmentation, overlap, and duplication in entrepreneurial assistance programs across the federal government, specifically between the SBA and the United States Department of Agriculture.  The Committee will examine the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) reports identifying opportunities for improvements across 52 entrepreneurial assistance programs and discuss what steps, if any, agencies have taken to implement GAO’s recommendations. 

“Our national debt recently surpassed $16.7 trillion with federal spending topping $3.5 trillion each of the last four years,” said Chairman Graves (R-MO). “As our debt continues to pile up, an important way for us to rein in federal spending is to find ways to get rid of duplication and overlap in federal programs where taxpayer dollars are being wasted or used inefficiently. Rooting out duplication, inefficiency and waste in SBA programs is a goal of this Committee and this hearing is a step towards reaching that goal.”

On Thursday March 21st, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, under the chairmanship of Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), will hold a hearing titled, Protecting Small Businesses Against Emerging and Complex Cyber-Attacks

Internet technology has the potential to transform the way small businesses operate and compete in the 21st Century.  However, as new technologies are deployed, additional opportunities exist for cyber-criminals to attack firms and steal their valuable information.  According to a recent study, nearly 20 percent of all cyber-attacks were directed to small businesses with less than 250 employees.  The statistics also show that nearly 60 percent of small businesses will close within six months after a cyber-attack.

“While new advances in technology are providing opportunities for small businesses to grow, they are also making it easier for them to become targets of cyber-attacks,” said Chairman Collins (R-NY).  “Small businesses need to realize the importance and immediacy of this threat, and Washington needs to work to protect this vital segment of our economy from these increasingly complex attacks.”

Event Details:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Consistently Inconsistent: Challenges for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee
Entrepreneurial Assistance: Examining Inefficiencies and Duplication Across Federal Programs

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 10:00 a.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology
Protecting Small Businesses Against Emerging and Complex Cyber-Attacks