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Contracting Reforms Advance in National Defense Bill

Monday, May 18, 2015  
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The House passed H.R. 1735, the annual defense appropriations bill that determines which military programs receive funding. The House’s version of the FY16 NDAA authorizes more than $600 billion for defense-related spending, and it also makes several small business contracting reforms. Among the changes (bill still under review) the legislation would increase the threshold for simplified acquisitions to $500,000, give SBA a seat on the FAR Council, and include participation rate of small businesses in agency scorecards. Several provisions are changes WIPP asked for in testimony before the House Small Business Committee. The Senate version, S. 1118, is still being drafted.

Last year’s NDAA authorized federal agencies to award sole source contracts to women-owned small businesses, giving women the same procurement advantages as other disadvantaged groups. The FY16 NDAA will also provide additional benefits to women entrepreneurs by incorporating small business contracting reforms from H.R. 1481. WIPP is analyzing the final bill language and will be sending a summary to the Procurement Committee.

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