Contracting Bills Slotted for House MarkupMarch 6, 2012
Today at 1:00 p.m. EST, the House Small Business Committee is scheduled to markup six bills aimed at reforming and enhancing the federal contracting process. The Committee expects to markup the following bills:
- Government Efficiency Through Small Business Contracting Act of 2012 (HR 3850), which would, among other things, raise the government-wide small-business contracting goal from 23% to 25% (an increase of approximately $11 billion of additional federal contracting dollars), and the small-business subcontracting goal from 35.9% to 40% of the total value of all subcontracting awards for each fiscal year. The legislation also would prevent senior officials from receiving bonuses in subsequent years where their respective agencies failed to meet the established small business contracting goals.
Business Advocate Act of 2012 (HR 3851), which would enhance the role of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) by elevating the OSDBU Director to a Senior Executive Service position and would prohibit them from holding another position at the same time.
- Subcontracting Transparency and Reliability Act of 2012 (HR 3893), which would will increase transparency, improve accountability, and enhance small-business contracting policies by, among other things, ensuring that small businesses are the ones actually benefiting from the contracts set aside on their behalf.
- Small Business Opportunity Act of 2012 (HR 3980), which, among other things, will enhance the role of small-business advocates in the federal acquisition and procurement processes, create small-business contracting classes, and ensure that small-business concerns are properly utilized in all applicable federal procurement and acquisition planning processes.
- Small Business Procurement Improvement Act of 2012 (HR 4118), which would, among other things, increase participation in and assist small-business concerns with multiple award contracts, multi-agency contracts, and government-wide acquisition contracts.
- Early Stage Small Business Contracting Act of 2012 (HR 4121), which would, by amending the Small Business Act, establish a program to enhance access to federal contract opportunities for early stage small-business concerns.
NSBA will continue to closely monitor this legislation and keep our members apprised of any developments associated therewith.