The Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today conducted a markup of small business bills, including six contracting reform bills that promote more small business opportunities.
“Contracting reform that creates more opportunities for small business is an ongoing legislative priority for the Committee,” said Chairman Graves. “Small businesses are integral to economic growth and job creation. Greater small business involvement in federal contracting benefits companies and taxpayers alike. Small firms are innovative, and increased competition often leads to savings for the taxpayers. The legislation passed by the Committee today will continue to encourage small business participation in federal procurement.”
Under Chairman Graves’ leadership, the Committee has successfully spearheaded comprehensive small business contracting reforms that are now law. The National Defense Authorization Acts of 2013 and 2014 incorporated several Committee-sponsored contracting provisions. These include holding senior agency officials accountable for meeting the small business goals, improving acquisition planning, increasing contacting officer training, preventing contracting fraud by penalizing companies that front for large businesses, and changing limitations on subcontracting to make it easier for small companies to team on larger contracts.
• H.R. 4093 – Greater Opportunities for Small Business Act of 2014, sponsored by Graves: Increases the small business prime contracting goal from 23% to 25% and establishes a 40% subcontracting goal.
• H.R. 4094 – Contracting Data and Bundling Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by Graves: Improves transparency and accountability in contract bundling and consolidation to better adhere to the current laws intended to protect small businesses.
• H.R. 2751 – Commonsense Construction Contracting Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY): Prohibits the use of reverse auctions when a construction services contract is suitable for award to small business, or when the procurement is made using a small business program.
• H.R. 2882 – Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2013, sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO): Transfers responsibility for verifying the status of service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the SBA, in order to improve efficiency, transparency and uniformity in the processes.
• H.R. 776 – Security in Bonding Act of 2013, sponsored by Hanna: Increases the access of small construction companies to surety bonds in order to increase the number of small construction contractors able to participate in the federal market.
• H.R. 4121 – Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014, sponsored by Ranking Member Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY): Ensures that the SBDCs are able to continue providing entrepreneurial development services and education to small businesses.
• H.R. 2452 – Women’s Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013, sponsored by Velazquez: Standardizes sole source authorities among the SBA’s procurement programs in order to promote parity.