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H.R. 2781 (115th): Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2017 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 2781 directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with the General Services Administration to increase the pool of veteran owned small businesses represented on government-wide strategic sourcing contracts.

H.R. 2781 concerns a group of contracts run by the General Services Administration known as the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). The FSSI enables federal agencies to pool their buying power for common items like office supplies, janitorial products, and building maintenance services. Each group of contracts under the FSSI is awarded to roughly ten to twenty companies. When an agency needs to order such products, the agency asks for price quotes from the FSSI companies, which have all already …


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2781

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 25, 2017

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

AN ACT

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to certify the sufficient participation of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities in contracts under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act.

2.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs certification of sufficient participation of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities in contracts under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative

(a)

Certification required

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate certification in writing that with respect to each contract (except for domestic delivery services) awarded under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (managed by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy) a sufficient number of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and a sufficient number of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans with service-connected disabilities are represented within each category.

(b)

Insufficient representation

If the Secretary determines that the representation by small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans or small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans with service-connected disabilities within a category of the contracts awarded under such Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative is not a sufficient number, the Secretary shall—

(1)

consult with the Administrator of the General Services Administration to increase the number of such concerns awarded contracts under such category; or

(2)

require the Department of Veterans Affairs to stop awarding orders under that category of the Initiative, effective on the date of such determination.

(c)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

The terms small business concern owned and controlled by veterans and small business concern owned and controlled by veterans with service-connected disabilities have the meaning given such terms in section 8127(k) of title 38, United States Code.

(2)

The term category means—

(A)

a type of supply or service for which a suite of contracts has been established under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative; or

(B)

any further subdivision or grouping within such a suite of contracts.

(3)

The term sufficient number, with respect to a type of business concern, means not fewer than two and enough to maximize the percentage of orders entered into by the Secretary with such business concerns, as determined by the Secretary.

Passed the House of Representatives July 24, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk