S. 196: Assuring Contracting Equity Act of 2013

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jan 31, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 196

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 31, 2013

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

A BILL

To assure equity in contracting between the Federal Government and small business concerns, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Assuring Contracting Equity Act of 2013 .

2.

Federal contracting goals

(a)

Increase in certain goals

Section 15(g)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)(1)) is amended—

(1)

in the second sentence, by striking not less than 23 percent and inserting not less than 25 percent; and

(2)

by striking not less than 5 percent each place it appears and inserting not less than 10 percent.

(b)

Limitation on number of categories for which a business may qualify

Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(3)
(A)

In this paragraph, the term specified category means small business concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and small business concerns owned and controlled by women.

(B)

Except as provided subparagraph (C), a Federal agency may include a business concern in not more than 2 specified categories for purposes of determining whether the Federal agency has met the Government-wide goals under this subsection for the award of contracts to business concerns in specified categories.

(C)

A Federal agency may not include a small business concern that is participating in the program under section 8(a) in any specified category except the category small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals for purposes of determining whether the Federal agency has met the Government-wide goals under this subsection for the award of contracts to business concerns in specified categories.

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3.

Improving transparency to assist small business concerns

Section 15(g)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)(1)) is amended by inserting after the second sentence the following: For purposes of this subsection, the total value of all prime contract awards for a fiscal year includes the value of each prime contract awarded for the fiscal year, without regard to whether the prime contract was awarded as the result of unrestricted competition or any determination by the Administrator with respect to the potential for a small business concern to perform the prime contract or a subcontract under the prime contract..

4.

Compliance with small business subcontracting goals

The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall consult with the heads of other Federal agencies to develop and implement standards for procurement officers to take into consideration the past compliance of potential contractors with small business subcontracting goals when making contract awards.