National Defense Bill Becomes Law, Includes Key Small Business Provisions
Washington, December 20, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, the President signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, which included several small business provisions. House Committee on Small Business Ranking Member Steve Chabot (R-OH) served on the House-Senate Conference Committee.
“The provisions included in this year’s NDAA provide opportunities for small businesses in the federal marketplace, as well as vital protections for military reservists and veteran-owned small businesses,” said Ranking Member Chabot.
All or part of the following bills were included in FY20 NDAA:
H.R. 499, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act – introduced by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. Jack Bergman (D-MI), Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY), and Rep. Luis Correa (D-CA)
H.R. 499 amends the Small Business Act to clarify that surviving spouses of veterans who died with less than a 100 percent disability rating can maintain their Small Business Administration (SBA) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business status for up to three years or until one of the following occurs: when the spouse remarries or when the surviving spouse relinquishes ownership of the small business.
H.R. 5146, the Unlocking Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019 – introduced by Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) and Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA)
H.R. 5146 requires federal government contracting officers to consider past performance into account when evaluating small businesses seeking to compete on federal prime contracts.
H.R. 3661, the Patriotic Employer Protection Act – introduced by Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) and Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN)
H.R. 3661 expands the Small Business Act’s definition of “active duty” for SBA’s Military Reservists Economic Injury disaster loans to “active service,” which is defined as service members on active duty and service members who are full-time in the National Guard.