January 22, 2016
The House Small Business Committee Releases a Spate of Small Business Legislation
Source: JD Supra Business Advisor, Katie Flood, January 21, 2016
On the heels of a GAO report calling for more leadership attention to be paid to SBA’s “management challenges,” a number of bills have been referred to the House Small Business Committee since the new year started, calling for more SBA reform and oversight. The following is a summary of the more significant bills introduced, signaling what the House has in store for the small business government contracting community in 2016:
- H.R. 4340, “Small Business Contracting and Acquisition Programs Efficiency Act of 2016,” Introduced January 7, 2016
This proposed bill requires GAO to review SBA’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, the wing of SBA that oversees the small business procurement programs. Among other issues, GAO will report on its examination of who in SBA reports to the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development; whether greater efficiency and consistency in the certification process of small business socioeconomic programs could be achieved through the creation of a “single organizational unit of employees to process all certifications required by procurement and business development programs,” and “the alignment of the field personnel assigned to such programs”; and whether the Office could improve its staffing of regulatory drafting functions and its coordination with the FAR Council to ensure timely rulemaking. Read More …
Contact your nearest PTAC for more details how this legislation could affect your business.
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