Small Biz Contracting Reform Bill Introduced in HouseMarch 24, 2015
On March 19, Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) introduced, the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act (H.R. 1481). This bill is the result of a series of hearings examining small-business contracting policies, including concerns with contract bundling, subcontracting opportunities and reverse auctions, which are hampering small-business participation in the federal procurement process.
According to the Committee’s press release, in the last four years, small business involvement in federal procurement has decreased by more than 100,000 companies, and the number of contract actions awarded to small firms fell by nearly 60 percent.
The federal government has had a long history of missing its small-business contracting goal of 23 percent. In fact, fiscal year (FY) 2013 marked the first time in nearly a decade the federal government reached its annual 23 percent small-business contracting goal. Additionally, small-business representation continues to lag in most of the top federal procurement sectors.
NSBA believes that small businesses deserve their fair share of federal contracting dollars and supports reasonable reforms and policies, like H.R. 1481, that promote and facilitate small-business participation in the federal marketplace. If enacted, this legislation would provide a series of changes to small-business contracting policies to promote increased competition, a healthier industrial base, and more cost-effective federal procurement process. The bill incorporates a number of legislative solutions from new panel members, including:
- H.R. 1386 introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo
- H.R. 1390 introduced by Rep. Steve Knight
- H.R. 1410 introduced by Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen
- H.R. 1429 introduced by Rep. Mike Bost
- H.R. 1444 introduced by Rep. Richard Hanna
Please click here to read NSBA’s letter of support for the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act.