Lawmakers Seek Action on Subcontracting

September 19, 2018

On Sept. 13, the House Committee on Small Business Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) joined several members of the House Committee on Armed Services in urging the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to act on legislation passed in 2013 which would revise limitations on subcontracting.

The provision was part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act and would change how small-business subcontracting set-asides are accounted for with the intent to strengthen those businesses’ role in the federal contracting arena. Although the FAR has yet to act on the provision, SBA in 2016 made such changes, leaving small-business contractors in a state of confusion as to which set of rules and standard operating procedures they should follow.

In the letter, the lawmakers state “Given that nearly six years have lapsed since the 2013 NDAA was signed into law and two since SBA’s final rule was issued, we respectfully request a status update on FAR case Number 2016-011, an estimated timeline of completion, and an explanation as to why this case was changed from an “interim final rule” to a “proposed rule.”

To read the entire letter, click here.