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Graves & West Introduce Legislation To Protect Small Business Contractors

Washington, February 17, 2012 -

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Rep. Allen West (R-FL) today introduced legislation that will help protect small business contractors by addressing unfair contract bundling. The Contractor Opportunity Protection Act (COP) of 2012 restricts the practice of unjustified contract bundling by providing the Small Business Administration (SBA) and third party groups with the ability to appeal an agency’s decision to bundle. Contracting bundling is the practice of packaging many contracts together as one, essentially making it impossible for small businesses to compete for them, thereby limiting competition to the detriment of the taxpayer. Today’s legislation is part of a comprehensive initiative from the House Small Business Committee aimed at reforming small business contracting policies.

“Legislation that helps more small businesses participate in federal procurement is good for the economy and good for the taxpayer because small firms often perform a service for the government cheaper and often quicker than their larger counterparts,” said Chairman Graves. “Contract bundling is a legitimate part of federal contracting but it can sometimes be carried out unfairly. This legislation helps address this problem by adding more transparency and a stronger judicial check to the process.”

“Thousands of small businesses around the country seek federal contracts every year and often have a difficult time navigating the process,” said Rep. West.  “The COP Act will make a significant impact on small businesses landing contracts with the federal government.”

Details of the legislation

Contractor Opportunity Protection (COP) Act of 2012