NDAA Improves Small Business Contracting

May 15, 2012

Last week, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) voted overwhelmingly (56-5) to approve the FY 2013National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (H.R. 4310) which includes a number of provisions aimed at enhancing and reforming the federal contracting landscape for America’s small businesses.

“Given the federal government spends over $0.5 trillion each year through contracts, the federal procurement market is incredibly important for all small businesses. Improving small business opportunities for federal contracts is a triple play. Small businesses win more contracts, workers win as the small business creates jobs, and taxpayers win because the small business brings competition, innovation and lower prices, it saves the government money and improves the health of the industrial base,” said Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Chairman of the House Small Business Committee.

H.R. 4310 contains language beneficial to small businesses across the country, including, but not limited to, provisions to raise government-wide small business contracting and subcontracting goals, enhance the role of small-business advocates in the federal acquisition and procurement processes, and protect small business contractors from unfair contract bundling.

The authorization bill will now move to the House floor where it could be considered as early as this Wednesday. NSBA continues to support the House Small Business Committee’s contracting reform initiative and urges Members to approve this must-pass legislation without major amendments to any of the small-business contracting provisions.

Please take a few moments today and urge your lawmakers to support NDAA.