Small Business Contracting Reform Signed Into Law
Reforms Will Help Small Companies Compete In Federal Marketplace
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 Committee made it a priority to listen to the concerns of small contractors who want to seek business opportunities with the federal government. The process uncovered various barriers that made it harder for small businesses to succeed, so we introduced and reported out legislation to address the problems. The small business provisions in the NDAA will help make sure existing small business goals are actually met, empower small business advocates, and crack down on fraud. I’m very proud of the Committee’s bipartisan work. These reforms will help small businesses compete in the federal marketplace, bring efficiency and cost-savings to the taxpayer, and create jobs while doing it.”
In early 2012, the Small Business Committee introduced a series of contracting reform bills. The legislation was the result of the findings of 10 contracting hearings during 2011. On May 10, 2012, the House Armed Services Committee voted to include the Committee's contracting reform legislation into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, which the House passed on Friday, May 18, 2012. On December 20, 2012, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act Conference Report. Today, the President signed the legislation into law.
Notable Contracting Provisions In The NDAA: