NDAA Passes Senate and Heads to Conference

December 12, 2012

Last week, the Senate passed their version of the FY 13 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S. 3254) by a margin of 98-0. The bill now heads to conference where conferees and their staffs will reconcile any discrepancies between the House and Senate measures. This year’s conference is expected to move fairly quickly, unlike previous years where more controversial issues threatened to hold up the process.

Of particular interest to NSBA are a number of small-business contracting reform provisions, including: language to help eliminate instances of fraud and abuse; language to remove the arbitrary limit on sole source contracts to women-owned small businesses; provisions addressing contract bundling; enhancing the role of small-business advocates in the federal procurement process; and more.

Having long advocated for a more efficient and effective federal contracting system, NSBA is encouraging its members to take a minute TODAY and send a letter to your Senators and Representative urging them to support the inclusion of these key provisions in the final FY 13 NDAA.