Bills to Improve Small Business Access to Government Contracts Pass the House

Bills to Improve Small Business Access to Government Contracts Pass the House

The House of Representatives recently passed a number of bills that will impact firms doing business with the federal government:

 

--Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act (H.R. 6382): This bill requires federal agencies to report small business participation on large, government-wide contracts known as “best-in-class.” Best in class contracts fall under the government buying strategy known as category management. GovEvolve supported this bill.

 

--Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act (H.R. 6369): This bill increases sole-source contract limits to women-owned, HUBZone and veteran owned businesses. This bill would change sole source amounts of $4 million/$7 million to be awarded each year instead of the total life of the contract.

 

--Small Business Runway Extension Act (H.R. 6330): This bill modifies the SBA reporting requirements to have businesses report their average earnings over the last five years, rather than three which will provide more certainty to small businesses as they ramp up their operations and grow over time. This is important for growing businesses who may slow their growth to avoid being pushed out of the “small” category before they have the capacity to compete with larger businesses.

 

--Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act (H.R. 6367): This bill creates incentives for prime contractors to reach their subcontracting goals by receiving credit. Prime contractors will be required to keep records of subcontracting credit claimed at lower tiers of contracting. The measure would also establish a dispute resolution process for payment issues between subcontractors and prime contractors by empowering agency small business offices to serve as a liaison.