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President Vetoes National Defense Bill

Monday, October 26, 2015  
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WIPP Policy Update - October 26th 2015 

President Vetoes National Defense Bill


You might think that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is only for big military contractors. The act, however, authorizes the projects and programs that provide billions of dollars in contracts to small firms each year. It also includes changes to small business contracting programs. Both authorizations and changes are on hold as, for only the fourth time in the last 50 years, the President vetoed the NDAA. Over $600 billion in Department of Defense (DOD) programs is included in the bill, which received broad bipartisan support when it passed both the House and the Senate earlier this summer. The House and Senate will now hold votes in an attempt to override the veto – requiring two-thirds of votes cast. Analysts suggest the bill may be roughly a dozen votes short in the House.


The DOD is the largest small business contractor, awarding over $50B in contracts to small firms in FY 2014.  The NDAA authorizes the programs and expenditures making those small business contract awards possible. The 2016 NDAA contained significant improvements for small businesses including enhanced accountability for small business subcontracting goals and data quality improvements. The bill also clarifies rules on joint ventures, small business subcontracting and procurement schedules. 

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