Early this morning, the House Armed Services Committee reported out the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes small business contracting reforms initiated by the House Small Business Committee.
Last month, Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY), with the support of Small Business Committee Member and Armed Services Committee Member Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), testified before the Armed Services Committee in support of including several contracting reforms in the NDAA. Many of the small business provisions had previously been approved by the Small Business Committee on March 5th.
“I applaud Chairman McKeon and the Armed Services Committee for including our small business contracting legislation in the NDAA,” said Chairman Graves. “The cooperation between the two committees has resulted in meaningful reforms that increase opportunities for small business competition, innovation, and job creation, while also ensuring that the Department of Defense can meet the needs of the warfighter and rely on a strong small business industrial base.”
“Construction contracting accounts for about one in every six prime contract dollars awarded to small businesses, so I’m pleased that the Small Business Committee and Armed Services Committee are working together to make sure federal construction policy supports small business and protects taxpayers,” said Chairman Hanna.
Versions of the following bills were included in this year’s NDAA:
1. Contracting Data and Bundling Accountability Act of 2013 (H.R. 4094) Sponsor: Graves (Section 813)
2. Commonsense Construction Contracting Act of 2013 (H.R. 2751) Sponsor: Hanna (Section 815)
3. Security in Bonding Act (H.R. 776) Sponsor: Hanna (Section 816)
4. Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2013 (H.R. 2882) Sponsor: Coffman (Section 812)
At the request of the Small Business Committee, the NDAA additionally included provisions reauthorizing and improving the Test Program for Negotiation of Comprehensive Small Business Subcontracting Plans (Section 811) and provisions intended to help small businesses comply with complicated import and export provisions (Section 814).
During the 112th Congress and early in the 113th Congress, the Committee was successful in including its small business legislation in the final NDAAs that were signed into law. The NDAA of 2013 and 2014 incorporated several Committee-sponsored contracting provisions, including making the small business goals part of senior agency employee reviews and bonus discussions, 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. Given that about 70 percent of government contracts are awarded by the Department of Defense, the Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee have worked together to improve small business procurement policies.