House Small Biz Committee Approves Contracting Bills

March 12, 2014

pic-contractingLast week, the House Small Business Committee (the “Committee”) approved a series of contracting bills aimed at improving and enhancing the federal contracting marketplace for small firms. Below is a list and brief summary of each measure.

Greater Opportunities for Small Business Act (H.R. 4093) – This bill, sponsored by Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.), would increase the small business prime contracting goal to 25% and create a small-business subcontracting goal of 40%.

Contracting Data and Bundling Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4094) – A bill also sponsored by Graves would, if enacted, improve data collection and analysis with respect to the bundling of contracts.

Commonsense Construction Contracting Act of 2013 (H.R. 2751) – This bill, sponsored by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, would address the issue of reverse auctions with regard to construction services contracts.

Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Act of 2013 (H.R. 2882) – A bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) would, if enacted, give the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), instead of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the authority to verify the status of service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

Security in Bonding Act of 2013 (H.R. 776) – This bill, also sponsored by Hanna, would make it easier for small construction companies to access surety bonds so that they would be able to participate in the federal contracting process.

Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R. 4121) – A bill sponsored by Ranking Member Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), enhances the ability of Small Business Development Centers to provide the necessary tools and resources for small-business owners to start and grow their firms.

Women’s Procurement Program Equalization Act of 2013 – This bill, also sponsored by Velazquez, helps to level the playing field for women-owned small businesses with respect to federal procurement programs at SBA.

NSBA is in the process of reviewing the Committee’s bills.