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Mulvaney Introduces Legislation To Protect Small Business Contractors

Washington, February 2, 2012 -

House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Chairman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) today introduced legislation that will help protect small business contractors and bring more transparency and accountability to federal procurement. The Subcontracting Transparency And Reliability (STAR) Act of 2012 will ensure that federal contracting opportunities actually help legitimate small businesses and gives small contractors a voice when their work is being unfairly insourced. Today’s legislation is part of a comprehensive initiative from the House Small Business Committee aimed at reforming small business contracting policies.

“Small business contracting and subcontracting is a great way to support local businesses who are more than capable of providing a great product or service for the federal government in an efficient manner,” said Chairman Mulvaney. “But there are many unfair roadblocks that exist for small businesses who perform federal contracting work. When contracts are set aside for small businesses in order to foster job creation, competition, innovation and a healthy industrial base, the government has a vested interest in ensuring that the small business performs a significant portion of the work, otherwise, the small business could deceitfully pass through the work to a large contractor.  The STAR Act will help provide an even playing field for many small contractors who otherwise would not have the resources to fight deceitful subcontracting and unjustified insourcing within the federal procurement system.”

Details of the legislation:

Subcontracting Transparency And Reliability (STAR) Act of 2012