Calendar No. 482
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 21, 2016
Mr. Vitter (for himself, Mr. Peters, and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
May 24, 2016
Reported by Mr. Vitter, with amendments
Omit the part struck through and insert the part printed in italic
To improve the HUBZone program.
This Act may be cited as the
Small Business Transforming America's Regions Act of 2016.
Modification to the HUBZone program
Section 3(p) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(p)) is amended—
in paragraph (1)—
in subparagraph (E), by striking
or at the end;
by redesignating subparagraph (F) as subparagraph (G); and
by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following:
another qualified area designated by the Administrator under section 31(d); or
in paragraph (4)(C), by striking
until the later of and all that follows and inserting
for the 7-year period following the date on which the census tract or nonmetropolitan county ceased to be so qualified..
The amendment made by subsection (a)(2) shall apply to any census tract that becomes a redesignated area under section 3(p)(4)(C) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(p)(4)(C)) on or after the date of enactment of this Act.
Other qualified areas
Section 31 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657a) is amended—
by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and
by inserting after subsection (c) the following:
Other qualified areas
In this subsection—
the term governor means the chief executive of a State; and
the term State means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.
A governor may petition the Administrator to designate 1 or more
census tracts in the State of the governor as a HUBZone if each tract —
has a median household income that is less than
70 percent of the median household income of the State in which the tract is located based on the most recent data available from the Bureau of the Census;
has an unemployment rate that is not less than 120 percent of the average unemployment rate of the United States or of the State in which the
tract is located, whichever is less, based on the most recent data available from the Department of Labor; or
meets other criteria determined by the Administrator.
With respect to a petition submitted by a governor to the Administrator under paragraph (2)—
the governor may submit not more than 1 petition in a fiscal year unless the Administrator determines that an additional petition from the State of the governor is appropriate;
the governor may not submit a petition for more than 30 percent of the total number of
census tracts in the State of the governor; and
if the Administrator grants the petition and designates 1 or more
census tracts as a HUBZone, the governor shall, not less frequently than annually, submit data to the Administrator certifying that each census tract continues to meet the criteria establishing the eligibility of the tract under the HUBZone program.
The Administrator shall establish procedures to—
ensure that the Administration accepts petitions under paragraph (2) from all States each fiscal year; and
provide technical assistance, before the filing of a petition under paragraph (2), to a governor who is interested in filing such a petition.
Filing of petitions for reconsideration of size standards
In this section, the term covered period means the period beginning on November 25, 2015 and ending on the effective date of the regulations establishing procedures to implement section 3(a)(9) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(9)).
Petitions for reconsideration
Acceptance of applications
Section 3(a)(9)(A) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(9)(A)) is amended by striking
A person and inserting
On or after the effective date of the regulations establishing procedures to implement this paragraph, a person.
Notwithstanding section 3(a)(9)(B) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)(9)(B)), a person filing a petition described in section 3(a)(9)(A) of that Act relating to a size standard that is revised, modified, or established during the covered period shall file the petition not later than 30 days after the effective date of the regulations establishing procedures to implement section 3(a)(9) of that Act.
Past performance credit for subcontractors
Section 8(d) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
Past performance credit for certain small business subcontractors
A prime contractor for a covered contract, as that term is defined in paragraph (13)(A), shall provide a past performance rating for the Contractor Performance Assessment Rating System, the Past Performance Information Retrieval System, or any successor system for any subcontractor used by the prime contractor in performing the covered contract as part of the performance reporting by the prime contractor for the covered contract.
Time for completion
A prime contractor shall submit the past performance rating of a subcontractor not later than 14 days after the date of the completion of performance of the subcontract by the subcontractor.
Failure to enter information
The failure of a prime contractor to enter the past performance rating of a subcontractor shall be considered when evaluating the past performance of the prime contractor.
Use of information
A Federal agency shall use a past performance rating provided under subparagraph (A) for a subcontractor that is a small business concern in evaluating the past performance of the subcontractor for purposes of determining whether to award a prime contract to the subcontractor.
Membership of the Administrator of the Small Business Administration on the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council
Addition of Administrator of Small Business Administration to Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council
Section 1302(b)(1) of title 41, United States Code, is amended—
in subparagraph (C), by striking
and at the end;
in subparagraph (D), by striking the period and inserting
; and; and
by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
Such title is further amended—
in section 1303(a)(1)—
and the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space, and inserting
the Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration,; and
and the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (42 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.), and inserting
the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (42 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.), and the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.),; and
in section 1121(d), by striking
and the General Services Administration and inserting
the General Services Administration, and the Small Business Administration.
May 24, 2016
Reported with amendments