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  • Hanna Subcommittee Explores How The Obama Administration’s Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Is Affecting Small Contractors
    Posted in Press Releases on June 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), today held a hearing on recent changes to the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) and how it’s affecting the competitive viability of small contractors. The FSSI is a procurement program created in 2005 to encourage cross-government collaboration by allowing federal agencies to aggregate requirements, streamline processes and leverage its buying power. In December 2012, P... Read more

  • Graves Introduces Bill to Incentivize More Contracting Opportunities for Small Business
    Posted in Press Releases on June 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today introduced the Make Every Small Business Count Act of 2013 (HR 2232). The bill enhances opportunities for small businesses by adding an incentive for prime federal contractors to consider small firms for more subcontracts. Small businesses play an important role in federal contracting, both as prime contractors and subcontractors, so the federal government has a goal of awarding 23 percent of prime contract dollars and 35.9 percent ... Read more

  • Hanna Subcommittee Examines Federal Contracting Challenges for Small Construction Firms
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    The House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), today held a hearing exposing problems faced by small construction, architecture and engineering firms who wish to do business with the federal government, and exploring potential solutions. The hearing specifically addressed ongoing challenges with four key issues: surety bonds, the use of reverse auctions for construction services, subcontracting credit allowances, and the p... Read more

  • Committee Investigation Finds More Than One Thousand Small Business Contractors Weren’t Fully Paid
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    House Small Business Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today announced that a year-long investigation into a federal contracting program has uncovered that the government owes more than one thousand small businesses millions of dollars. “Contracting with small businesses is good for the economy and it’s good for the taxpayer because small companies bring cost-savings to the federal government,” said Chairman Graves. “But when federal agencies don’t live up to their end of the bargain, small businesses ... Read more

  • Hearing on SBA Budget Exposes Questionable Spending Priorities
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Access to Capital, Contracting

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing to address the budgetary situation of the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the rest of this fiscal year and fiscal year 2014. The lone witness at the hearing was SBA Administrator Karen Mills. The Committee highlighted the SBA’s substantial increase in requests for new and unproven entrepreneurial training programs while continuing to underfund those programs that are congression... Read more

  • Graves Challenges Agencies On The Role Of Small Business Advocates
    Posted in Press Releases on April 16, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today wrote to 35 federal agencies challenging them to comply with the Small Business Act’s recently amended statute, requiring that agency Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) remain a dedicated resource to help small businesses compete for federal contracts. Small business procurement’s decline of nearly $8 billion from FY2011 to FY2012 highlights the need for agencies to implement reforms intended to empower ... Read more

  • Washington Post: Obama signs legislation to deliver more government contracts to small businesses
    Posted in Articles on January 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    Obama signs legislation to deliver more government contracts to small businesses By J.D. Harrison, Washington Post Washington’s elected officials are taking new steps to direct more government work to small businesses, just as contractors are bracing for massive spending cuts in the face of sequestration. President Obama on Tuesday signed as part of the military spending budget a series of provisions to help small firms compete for more federal contracts and ensure that agencies take their annu... Read more

  • Small Business Contracting Reform Signed Into Law
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today released the following statement on the President signing into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which includes contracting reform legislation reported by the House Small Business Committee: “Today marks the culmination of a comprehensive effort to reform contracting policy so that small businesses can better compete in the federal procurement marketplace. In the beginning of the 112th Congress, our Committe... Read more

  • Sequestration Will Slash Nearly a Million Small Business Jobs
    Posted in Press Releases on September 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    The Small Business Committee today held a hearing on the effects of sequestration on small business contractors and the industrial base. The hearing’s testimony included new data that shows that of the 2.14 million jobs at risk, 956,000 small business jobs will most likely be cut as a result of sequestration. According to research conducted by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, sequestration will also result in a decrease in personal earnings of $109.4 billion, and a reduc... Read more

  • Graves Announces Hearing on the Effect of Sequestration on Small Business
    Posted in Media Advisories on September 13, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on the impact of sequestration on small business federal contractors. The hearing, titled, Sequestration: The Threat to Small Businesses, Jobs, and the Industrial Base, is scheduled to begin at 1:00 P.M. on September 20, 2012 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The purpose of the hearing is to review the probable effects of sequestration on small business contractors an... Read more