NSBA Applauds Passage of Contracting Reforms in NDAA

December 26, 2012

pic-uscapitol-flagFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 26, 2012

Molly Brogan

Washington, D.C. – NSBA applauds the House and Senate for passing the compromise language crafted by House and Senate Armed Services Committee conferees for the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Included in the conference report are several critical, NSBA-supported small-business contracting reform provisions.

“Improving small-business contracting is a key priority for NSBA,” stated Todd McCracken NSBA president and CEO. “The hard-fought language included in the final NDAA will help to ensure a more fair, competitive marketplace that protects and promotes America’s small businesses.”

Among the key contracting provisions:

  • A directive to agencies to hold the relevant senior executives  accountable for meeting small-business contracting goals, a good first step toward increasing small-business participation in the federal marketplace;
  • Elevated reporting of the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization within each agency by requiring direct reporting exclusively to the head of the agency;
  • Clarification that certain contract bundling procedures are applicable to construction contracts and DoD;
  • Increased transparency and accountability to ensure small-business contracts are being fulfilled by small businesses and not simply subcontracted to larger firms; and
  • Enhanced oversight to help reduce fraud through the promulgation of new guidance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) which would include suspension and disbarment for fraudulent companies where appropriate.

“This is the kind of compromise and cooperative work we ought to expect in our lawmakers,” said McCracken. “These provisions will greatly help many small businesses, but there still exists a great deal of work to promote and protect entrepreneurship in the U.S.”

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz or follow us on Twitter at @NSBAAdvocate.




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