House Small Business Committee

Small Business Contracting Reforms Included in NDAA

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:00am

Small Business Contracting Reforms Included in NDAA

WASHINGTON, DC –   Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) today applauded the House Armed Services Committee for incorporating small business contracting reforms into H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2016 (NDAA).

Last month Chairman Chabot, along with several other Small Business Committee Members including Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV), testified before the Armed Services Committee in support of a number of contracting reforms aimed at increasing small business participation rates.

“I want to thank Chairman Thornberry for his tireless effort in assembling this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, and for including commonsense small business contracting reforms into the bill,” said Chairman Chabot. “We have a great working relationship with the Chairman and his staff, and I look forward to continue working with him to ensure our small business have the opportunity to compete for federal contracts, because when they do, it improves quality, reduces costs, and ensures we have a robust industrial base supporting our military.”

Versions of the following bills were included in the H.R. 1735:

H.R. 1481 introduced by Chairman Steve Chabot

H.R. 1444 introduced by Rep. Richard Hanna

H.R. 1390 introduced by Rep. Steve Knight

H.R. 1386 introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo

H.R. 1583 introduced by Rep. Cresent Hardy

H.R. 1410 introduced by Del. Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen

The Armed Services Committee passed H.R. 1735 by a vote of 60-2.  Further details of the bill can be found here.  

 ###

Small Business Roundtable on Potential Joint Employer Standard

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:00am

Small Business Roundtable on Potential Joint Employer Standard

WASHINGTON - Today, Small Business Committee Members hosted industry representatives for a roundtable discussion on the impact that the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) potential new Joint Employer Standard would have on American workers and small businesses.

For the last 30 years, the NLRB has determined two businesses to be a joint employer if they share “direct and immediate control over employment matters.” But just last year, the NLRB General Counsel filed a brief in a pending case urging the Board to abandon this standard for a radically different approach.

The discussion was led by the Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulation Chairman Cresent Hardy (R-NV).  

“It is clear from the discussion this morning that a broader joint employer standard will have a chilling effect on small businesses,” said Chairman Hardy. “The NLRB’s actions could have devastating impacts on business-to-business relationships, which for many small firms are critical to their operation. It is already affecting decisions about whether to hire a new employee or open a new business, and if a new standard is adopted it will hit small businesses, particularly franchisees and contractors, the hardest. For a large firm, this new standard will impact how they do business.  For a small guy, it will determine if they do business.”

“All small businesses are under attack with this rule,” said Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot. “In typical Washington fashion, the NLRB is creating a bureaucratic solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.   I commend Chairman Hardy for his leadership on this issue and for his relentless energy in representing the workers and small businesses in Nevada and throughout our country.” 

###

Patent Trolls: A Big Problem for Small Business

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:00am

Patent Trolls: A Big Problem for Small Business 

WASHINGTON, DC -- Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) today hosted entrepreneurs and industry representatives for a discussion on the impact that patent trolls and frivolous patent litigation have on small businesses and the American workforce.

 Following the discussion, Chairman Chabot issued the following statement:

“Today, the message was loud and clear: patent trolls are a big issue for small business.

Patent trolls are increasingly targeting small business because they know small firms don’t have large legal departments to defend themselves. And it’s not just technology companies that are being targeted, it is any business that wants to operate in the modern economy. Retailers that want to conduct sales online, restaurants that want to offer their customers wi-fi, or any enterprise that sends an email with a hyperlink are potential targets.

We need a strong patent system, but we must not let common sense be lost in this debate. When a company can be forced into bankruptcy because it chooses to defend its innocence rather than give into these bad actors, something needs to change.

I’m glad that the House Committees on Judiciary and Energy and Commerce are actively crafting solutions to address this issue and I look forwarding to working with those involved to ensure that any solutions strongly protect American small businesses.”

###

Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:00am
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, ​ ​Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber AttacksThe hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.

 

The purpose of the hearing is to examine the current state of Cyber-Security for small firms and steps that can strengthen their efforts in information protection.

 

Opening Statement:

Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

Witnesses and Testimony:

 

  • Mr. Steve Grobman, Chief Technology Officer, Intel Security Group, Intel Corporation, Washington, DC
  •  

     

  •  Mr. Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business Association, Washington, DC
  •  

     

  •  Mr. Dan Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Arlington, VA
             
  •  Additional Items:

     

    Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks

    House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 12:00am

    Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks

    WASHINGTON—Cybersecurity experts, small business, and financial institution leaders addressed the growing threat of cyber-crimes against American small businesses at today’s hearing entitled, “Small Business, Big Threat: Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks.”

     “The American government, American businesses, and Americans themselves are attacked over the Internet on a daily basis,” Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) said in his opening statement. “Sometimes they know, sometimes they don’t. These attacks come from criminal syndicates, “hacktivists,” and foreign nations. They’re after intellectual property, bank accounts, Social Security numbers, and anything else that can be used for financial gain or a competitive edge. But the majority of cyber-attacks happen at small businesses.  In fact, 71 percent of cyber-attacks occur at businesses with fewer than 100 employees.”

    Among those who testified at the hearing was Steve Grobman, Chief Technology Officer for Intel Security Group, saying, “Over the past decade, the attacker type has evolved from recreational “hackers” with limited capabilities to organized crime and state sponsored actors employing extensive resources and highly skilled personnel.”

    The Committee also heard from Todd McCracken, President of the National Small Business Association, who discussed the fact that small companies currently have fewer resources to address cyber attacks. “Many small companies are not in a position to have a dedicated IT department, and many either outsource IT functions or assign such duties to an employee with other responsibilities—often the owner him/herself. In fact, the number of business owners who personally handle IT support appears to be on the rise,” McCracken said.

    Dan Berger, President and CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, who also testified said, “Data security breaches are more than just an inconvenience to consumers as they wait for their plastic cards to be reissued,” Berger said. “Breaches often result in compromised card information leading to fraud losses, unnecessarily damaged credit ratings, and even identity theft.”

    “This isn’t the Internet of 1995, when most Americans simply got online to check e-mail,” Chabot said. “This technology – and our behavior with it – is the underpinning of our modern economy and the foundation for our future. This is why we must address cybersecurity now, so that as a country and as a leader in the global marketplace, we can operate without fear of attack.”

    Chairman Chabot shared concern for the negative impacts of mounting cybersecurity pressures against the small business landscape and expressed the need to proactively combat these issues moving forward.  

    Today’s hearing comes as the House considers H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, and H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act.

    For footage and testimony from today’s hearing, click here.

    ###

    15 Things That Remind You How Long It's Been Since The Last Major Tax Reform

    House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:00am

    15 Things That Remind You How Long It's Been 
    Since The Last Major Tax Reform

    The tax code hasn't been overhauled since 1986 under President Ronald Reagan. ​That was nearly 30 years ago!
    A lot has changed since then. See for yourself with these 1986 throwbacks.


    1. The Legend of Zelda​ was released by Nintendo.

    The ​Halo​ of its generation.


    2. Ferris Bueller took the day off.

    Hooky at its finest.


    ​3. The Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl.

    "They calllllll him 'The Fridge'"


    4. Robert Palmer topped the charts with 
        Addicted to Love
    ​.

    And vinyl backdrops with clouds were really cool.


    5. Pee Wee's Playhouse​ premiered.

    Gone, but never, ever, ever, forgotten.


    ​6. Mike Tyson won his first-ever boxing title.

    More than ten years before he demonstrated his ear biting technique!


    7. Lady Gaga was born.

    ​No words.


    8. Top Gun ​was the highest grossing film of the year.

    "Sorry, Goose, but it's time to buzz a tower."


    9. ​Fujifilm released the first disposable camera.

    A classic staple for any fanny pack.


    10. Richard Simmons released an aerobic
          film for senior citizens.

    "Now shake it out again! GOOD!"


    11. McDonald's advertising took a slightly
          different angle.

    Because what purple blob with eyebrows doesn't appeal to consumers?


    12. Tang was consumed by the gallons.

    Oh, how we miss this sweet, sweet nectar.


    13. High fashion looked like this.

    Shoulder pads and denim and leg warmers - oh my!


    14. Cool Ranch Doritos made their debut.

    A total game changer!


    15. Minority Leader Harry Reid was elected to his
          first term in the U.S. Senate.

    Guys, this was a really, really, really, really long time ago.

    As you can see, time has gotten away from us. Reminiscing about these 1986 highlights can be fun,
    but operating with a tax code of that era is unfair to businesses and individuals, alike. And because
    85 percent of small businesses file and pay taxes as individuals, any conversation about tax reform
    must not leave Main Street behind. ​The time for comprehensive tax reform is long overdue.

    Tax Reform: Ensuring that Main Street Isn't Left Behind

    House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:00am
    On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, "Tax Reform: Ensuring that Main Street Isn't Left Behind. The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.

    The purpose of the hearing is to examine the need for and potential economic benefits of comprehensive tax reform.

     

    Opening Statement:

    Chairman Steve  (R-OH)

    Witnesses and Testimony:

  • Mr. Scott Lipps, Owner, Sleep Tite Mattress Factory, Franklin, OH
    • Testifying on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business

     

  • Mr. Pete Sepp, President National Tax Payers Union, Alexandria, VA
  •  

  • Mr. Dan McGregor, Chairman of the Board, McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH
    • Testifying on behalf of the S Corporation Association of America
    •    

     

         Additional Items:

         

        Tax Day at the Small Business Committee: Main Street Needs a Fairer, Flatter, and Simpler Tax Code

        House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 12:00am

        Tax Day at the Small Business Committee:
        Main Street Needs a Fairer, Flatter, and Simpler Tax Code

        WASHINGTON—In today’s hearing, “Tax Reform: Ensuring that Main Street Isn’t Left Behind,” Small Business Committee members heard from real American small business operators, on Tax Day, about the need for fair, simple, and comprehensive tax reform for the survival and success of millions of small businesses and local communities.

        America’s 28 million small business owners, taxpayers themselves, repeatedly complain that the uncertainty of the tax code has made it difficult to plan or grow their companies,” Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) said in his opening statement. “We’ve held hearings, met with trade associations, and most importantly, we’ve talked with our constituents back home. The message we hear is always the same: we’ve got to make the tax code simpler, flatter, and fairer.”

        Chairman Chabot (R-OH) introduced his constituent Scott Lipps of Sleep Tite Mattress Factory & Showroom, a family owned and operated business in Franklin, Ohio. “The small business owner works in the community, hires in the community and lives in the community,” Mr. Lipps explained. “To serve our employees and our community, we must have lower tax rates, fewer regulations, and a less confusing, less complex tax code.”

        Dan McGregor of McGregor Metalworking in Springfield, Ohio told the Committee how his company has grown from a family investment in 1965 to a firm with a total of 375 employees fifty years later. Mr. McGregor walked the Committee through his company’s history as a C corporation and an S corporation, making the point that tax reform that addresses both kinds of small businesses is crucial to keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive.

        There is no doubt that we must reform our corporate tax structure; we have the highest corporate income rates in the world,” Chairman Chabot said. “But, as our Committee has identified numerous times before—our small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They create over 60 percent of the new jobs in this country and represent over 99 percent of all employers in the United States. Because so many of these enterprises file and pay their taxes on their individual return, we cannot and must not ignore them as we move forward with any tax reform debate.”

        Chairman Chabot assured witnesses that the Small Business Committee will continue to be an active voice for fair and comprehensive tax reform in the 114th Congress.

        For footage and testimony from today’s hearing, click here.

        ###

        Chabot Testifies in Support of Small Business Contracting Reforms

        House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 12:00am

        Chabot Testifies in Support of Small Business Contracting Reforms

        WASHINGTON – Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) testified before the House Armed Services Committee to support the inclusion of small business contracting reform legislation to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.

        Chabot spoke in favor of H.R. 1481, the Small Contractors Increase Competition Act, legislation the Committee passed in March. This bill would require the Small Business Administration (SBA) to place a greater emphasis on small business subcontracting and participation rates.  The bill would also make it easier for small businesses to embark on joint ventures as well as crack down on contracting abuses.

        “Our nation demands a vital small business industrial base: it is fundamental to the health of our nation as a whole,” said Chabot. “I look forward to working with the House Armed Services Committee to ensure that small businesses continue to provide the Department of Defense and the federal government with innovative and competitive solutions to support critical programs.”

        In addition to Chabot, fellow Small Business Committee Members Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV) also testified before the Committee in support of these small business contracting reform provisions.

        Chabot’s complete statement for the record can be found here.

        ###

        Next Week at Small Business: Tax Reform

        House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:00am

        Next Week at Small Business: Tax Reform
        ​Ensuring that Main Street Isn't Left Behind

        WASHINGTON -- The Small Business Committee will hold the following hearing next week:

        Full Committee Hearing
        Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
        Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11:00 A.M.
        2360 Rayburn House Office Building

        Tax Reform: Ensuring that Main Street Isn't Left Behind

        On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, "Tax Reform: Ensuring that Main Street Isn't Left Behind. The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the need for and potential economic benefits of comprehensive tax reform. The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.

        Witnesses:

        ·  Mr. Scott Lipps, Owner, Sleep Tite Mattress Factory, Franklin, OH (Testifying on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business)

        ·  Mr. Pete Sepp, President, National Taxpayers Union, Alexandria, VA

        ·  Mr. Dan McGregor, Chairman of the Board, McGregor Metalworking Companies, Springfield, OH (Testifying on behalf of the S Corporation Association of America)

        ·  Eric Toder, Ph.D., Institute Fellow, Urban Institute, Co-Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Washington, DC 

        *Members of the press interested in covering this hearing should contact Communications Director Kelley McNabb at Kelley.McNabb@mail.house.gov.*

         

        ###

        Committee on Small Business Markup

        House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 1:00pm
        On Wednesday March 25, 2015  the Committee on Small Business will hold a markup  at 1:00 P.M. to consider H.R. 1481, "Small Contractors Improve Competition Act of 2015." The markup will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.   The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.

        The markup will consist of the following bills:  H.R. 1481 " Small Contractors Improve Competition Act of 2015. It is possible that an amendment in the nature of a substitute or some other legislative vehicle will be provided Monday pursuant to the Committee's Rules.

        Opening Statement:

        Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

          Related Documents:

        • Markup Notice 
        • H.R.1481
        •  

          Small Business Committee Passes Contracting Reform Bill

          House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:00am

          Small Business Committee Passes Contracting Reform Bill

          WASHINGTON – The Small Business Committee today passed legislation introduced by Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) to ensure more small businesses can compete for federal contracts and help save taxpayer money.

          H.R. 1481, the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act, makes a series of commonsense improvements to small business contracting policies to promote increased competition, a healthier industrial base, and a more cost-effective federal procurement process.

          “We know that when small businesses compete for federal work, it creates jobs, improves the quality of work, and saves taxpayers’ money,” said Chabot. “This bill is a commonsense approach to make sure that Washington is working with Main Street – not locking it out of the procurement process altogether.”

          The bill is the result of a series of hearings examining small business contracting policies, including a full committee hearing in February and two subcommittee hearings last week that further exposed how unjustified contract bundling, Administration policies devaluing small business subcontracting opportunities, and the improper use of reverse auctions are keeping small businesses from participating in the federal procurement process. It incorporates a number of proposals introduced by Small Business Committee Members, including:

          ·         H.R. 1386 introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo

          ·         H.R. 1390 introduced by Rep. Steve Knight

          ·         H.R. 1410 introduced by Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen

          ·         H.R. 1429 introduced by Rep. Mike Bost

          ·         H.R. 1444 introduced by Rep. Richard Hanna

          ·         H.R. 1583 introduced by Rep. Cresent Hardy

          The Committee has received testimony supporting provisions of the bill from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Mechanical Contractors Association, Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force, the American Legion, and the Professional Services Council.

          The bill has also been endorsed by:

          ·         The Associated General Contractors

          ·         The National Defense Industrial Association

          ·         Women Impacting Public Policy

          ·         National Electrical Contractors Association

          ·         American Institute of Architects

          ·         National Small Business Association

          ·         Mid-Tier Advocacy

          ###

          Chabot Makes Second Request for Answers from HHS on Bad Obamacare Tax Information

          House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:00am

          Chabot Makes Second Request for Answers from HHS on Bad Obamacare Tax Information

          WASHINGTON - Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) followed up with a second request for answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on the faulty tax information released to roughly 800,000 Americans at the height of tax season.

          Chabot sent his original letter, seen here, on February 25, 2015, with five inquiries related to how this bad information impacted Americans receiving health coverage through the Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs). "I asked specific questions regarding this incident and requested a response by March 6, 2015," Chairman Chabot said. "It is now March 23, 2015, and I have yet to receive anything from your office."

          In addition to the five questions Chabot originally asked, today's letter makes two further inquiries

          1. How many of these delayed 80,000 corrected forms will be sent or made available to small business owners who purchased insurance on the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)?

          2. What effort is the Department making, in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service, to ensure that taxpayers will be able to file accurate and timely tax returns if they have received incorrect information concerning their health care coverage from HHS?

          Today's follow-up comes on the fifth anniversary of the signing of Obamacare into law and amid continued reports of small business struggles caused by the law. Chabot requested a response to his inquiries by close of business this Friday, March 27, 2015.

          ###

          ICYMI: Despite Birthday Celebrations, the Blistering Truth About Obamacare and Small Businesses

          House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:00am

          ICYMI: Despite Birthday Celebrations, the Blistering Truth About Obamacare and Small Businesses

          WASHINGTON - In the lead-up to the Obama administration's self-congratulatory celebration of the 5th anniversary of Obamacare today, national newspapers this weekend published a blistering account from the Associated Press of the law's crippling affect on American small businesses.

          Highlights from the report:

          “Complying with the health care law is costing small businesses thousands of dollars that they didn't have to spend before the new regulations went into effect.”

           “Many small businesses don't have the human resources departments or computer systems that large companies have, making it harder to handle the paperwork."

           “To pay for the extra services the business is getting from his broker, [small business manager Mike] Patton cut back on workers' bonuses and raises.”

           “Complying with the law costs small businesses more than $15,000 a year.

           On his employees facing another year of no bonuses or raises: “They understand it didn't emanate from us," Patton says. 

          This report and the anniversary come just weeks after Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) requested answers from HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on the faulty tax information sent to more than 800,000 Americans and how this latest glitch impacts the Small Business Health Options Programs (SHOPs).

           ###
           

          Chabot Introduces Small Business Contracting Reform Bill

          House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00am

          Chabot Introduces Small Business Contracting Reform Bill
          Incorporates solutions from New Committee Members

          WASHINGTON  –  On Thursday, Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) introduced H.R. 1481, the Small Contractors Improve Competition Act.

          This bill is the result of a series of hearings examining small business contracting policies, including two Subcommittee hearings this week that further exposed how unjustified contract bundling, Administration policies devaluing small business subcontracting opportunities, and the improper use of reverse auctions are keeping small businesses from participating in the federal procurement process.

          In the last four years, the number of small businesses participating in federal procurement has fallen by over100,000 companies  and the number of contract actions being awarded to small businesses has fallen by nearly 60 percent.  This reduced competition ultimately increases the cost of goods and services for the federal government and diminishes the vibrancy of the industrial base, which threatens national security. 

          “Having a healthy small business industrial base means that taxpayers benefit from increased competition, innovation, and job creation,” said Chairman Chabot.  “It also means that we can support programs crucial to our national defense.  Small business contracting policies are intended  to make sure we have a broad spectrum of small firms working with the government across industries, and when those policies are undermined, it is imperative that we find appropriate solutions. These commonsense reforms move us in the right direction.”

          H.R. 1481 would make a series of improvements to small business contracting policies to promote increased competition, a healthier industrial base, and more cost-effective federal procurement process. The bill incorporates a number of legislative proposals introduced by Small Business Committee Members, including:

          ·         H.R. 1386 introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo

          ·         H.R. 1390 introduced by Rep. Steve Knight

          ·         H.R. 1410 introduced by Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen

          ·         H.R. 1429 introduced by Rep. Mike Bost

          ·         H.R. 1444 introduced by Rep Richard Hanna

          In fiscal year 2013, small businesses won nearly $100 billion in federal prime contracts and nearly $90 billion in federal subcontracts.  This is roughly half of the dollars spent by the federal government in contracts, so increasing competition and reducing inefficiencies in the procurement process through small business contracting reform is critical to saving taxpayer money.

          The Committee has received testimony supporting provisions of the bill from Associated General Contractors, American Council of Engineering Companies, Mechanical Contractors Association, Women in Public Policy, Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force, the American Legion and the Professional Services Council.  The bill has also been endorsed by the National Defense Industrial Association.

          ###

          Contracting and the Industrial Base Part III: Reverse Auctions, Verification and The SBA's Role in Rulemaking

          House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:00am

          On, March 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a hearing titled, Contracting and  the Industrial Base Part III: Reverse Auctions, Verification and the SBA's Role in Rulemaking.  The hearing will be webstreamed live HERE.
           
          The purpose of the hearing  is to examine issues related to reverse auctions, The Small Business Administration's (SBA) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracting programs for service-disabled veteran owned small business and the enforcement and implementation of its statutory functions.

          Opening Statement:

          Richard Hanna (R-NY)

          ​Witness Testimony 

          • Mr. Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Advisor, Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC

           

          • Ms. Amber Peebles, President, Athena Construction Group, Inc. Dumfries, VA
          • Testifying on behalf of Women Impacting Public Policy

           

          • Mr. Davy Leghorn, Assistant Director, National Veterans Employment and Education Division, The American Legion, Washington, DC

           

          • Ms. Margot Dorfman, CEO, United States Women's Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
             

           

           

          Additional Items:

           

          Small Business Subcommittee Continues Examination of Contracting Issues

          House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:00am

          Small Business Subcommittee Continues Examination of Contracting Issues

          WASHINGTON - Today, the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, led by Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY), examined small business contracting policies, with a particular focus on the improper use of reverse auctions, inconsistencies with service-disabled veteran owned small business programs, and the SBA’s delayed implementation of Congressional reforms.  

          “This hearing provided a valuable opportunity to discuss issues important to small businesses and veterans – two key drivers of our nation’s success,” Subcommittee Chairman Hanna said. “When contracting programs are overly burdensome, rules are inconsistent, and the implementation of Congressional reforms are seriously delayed, it creates confusion. Uncertainty holds small businesses back from growing and creating jobs. I look forward to working with Chairman Chabot and my colleagues to improve the federal contracting process for small businesses and our veterans.”

          Witnesses raised serious concerns about the SBA’s 5-year delay of implementation of small business contracting reforms. Amy Peebles, a Marine Corps Veteran running a service-disabled veteran owned small business described her frustration with the matter:  “…the delay in implementation of important small business contracting provisions is an ongoing frustration of women business owners… [This delay] is simply unfair to the businesses burdened by outdated, ineffective, or damaging policies Congress saw fit to change.”

          In addition, witnesses spoke to issues they have with the Department of Veteran Affairs verification process for determining the status of a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. One witness, testifying on behalf of the American legion described it as “overly burdensome” and urged lawmakers and regulators to “[strike] the appropriate balance” between government oversight necessary to combat fraud and the amount of oversight necessary to protect the integrity of the program.

          Testimony also shed light on the fact that the improper use of reverse auctions by agencies is having a detrimental impact on the purposes of using this type of bidding process, which are namely to spur competition and save tax dollars.

          Notable quotes:

          “The American Legion appreciates the goal of the government contracting community to lower federal expenditure through competitive contracting initiatives, but we are concerned that misuse of non-governmental platforms that have not suffered the scrutiny of the appropriations process, are putting veteran owned small businesses at risk and could also be serving to undermine the entire procurement process.”
          -Mr. Davy Leghorn, Assistant Director, National Veterans Employment and Education Division, The American Legion

          “In my opinion, any competition for a government contract, whether run electronically or “the old fashioned way,” that gets only one bid should be considered a failure. If the government is paying a fee to use an electronic reverse auction and only one bid is received, the government is paying a fee for that failed procurement.”
          -Mr. Daniel I. Gordon, Senior Advisor, Government Procurement Law Program, The George Washington University Law School

          “WIPP has two recommendations with regards to the timeline of SBA rule promulgation and FAR adoption. In our view, there is no reason these cannot be done concurrently. Any diversions between the proposed rules could be best addressed through increased cooperation between SBA and the FAR Council. One solution could be adding SBA to the FAR Council. WIPP supports this option because it would also give small businesses an advocate on the Council charged with maintaining acquisition procedures.”
          Ms. Amber Peebles, President, Athena Construction Group, Inc.

          ###

          Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers

          House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:00am
           

          On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, ​ Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small ManufacturersThe hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

           

          The purpose of the hearing is to examine the effects of regulations on small manufacturers.  



          Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

           

          Opening Statement:

          Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

          Witnesses and Testimony:

           

        • Ms. Cynthia Reichard, Executive Vice President, Arylessence, Inc., Marietta, GA
        •  

           
        • Ms. Janis Herschkowitz, President & CEO, PRL, Inc. Cornwall, PA
        •  

        • Mr. Viktor Anderson, P.E. Director of Engineering, Structural Concepts, Muskegon, MI
        •  

        •  Mr. James Goodwin, Senior Policy Analyst, The Center for Progressive Reform, Washington, DC
          •        

           Additional Items:

           

           



           

           

          "Never-Ending Wave," "Tragic," "Disadvantage:" Small Manufacturers Describe Regulatory Burden in Small Business Committee Hearing

          House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:00am

          "Never-Ending Wave," "Tragic," "Disadvantage:" Small Manufacturers Describe Regulatory Burden in Small Business Committee Hearing

          WASHINGTON—In today’s Small Business Committee hearing, “Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers,” real American small business employees told Committee members how excessive federal regulations burden small manufacturers.

          Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) started the hearing by showing attendees the stack of federal regulations from February 2015. “These are regulations that came out of the federal government in the last month alone,” Chabot explained. “How can we expect our small businesses to focus on creating jobs and bringing new ideas to life when, odds are, something in these pages will have an impact on them? And even worse, they likely had no input at all in what those regulations say.”

          We are not a large corporation with a plethora of resources to redirect towards the review, testing and compliance of new rules,” said Viktor Anderson of Structural Concepts in Muskegon, Michigan, a maker of commercial refrigerators. “With its never-ending wave of new rules and ever-more-stringent standards, the Administration is threatening our ability to do business and provide critical products to American consumers.”

          Janis Herschkowitz of PRL, Inc. in Cornwall, Pennsylvania, whose foundry makes parts for nuclear submarines, had a similar message. “The fact is there are very few foundries remaining in the U.S. who are able to meet the high specifications standards required by our nation’s military.” Herschkowitz went on to tell the Committee that “the bulk of the regulations would hit our small foundry the hardest, and to put it bluntly as a small business owner we would need to determine if it is even worth the cost of compliance. This is tragic.

          Cynthia Reichard of Arylessence, a fragrance manufacturer in Marietta, Georgia, told the Committee about the ways regulations are impacting her company’s growth plans, adding, “U.S. manufacturers simply need an environment conducive to growing and creating jobs. We need economic stability, certainty, predictability and common-sense regulations that don’t unfairly disadvantage small firms.”

          Chairman Chabot expressed his appreciation to the witnesses for taking valuable time away from their workplaces to share their stories with the Committee. “You’re not the bad guys,” Chairman Chabot told the witnesses. “If we want to remain a global economic leader, we have to modernize. We have to make the small businesses that provide livelihoods for about half of all American families a part of the solution, not the biggest loser in an economy that desperately needs them to succeed,” Chabot said.

          One solution discussed in the hearing was the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, which passed the House earlier this year. Learn more about the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act here.

          Full testimony and footage from the hearing can be viewed here.

          ###

          Contracting and Industrial Base II: Bundling, Goaling, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals

          House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:00am
          The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing titled ​Contracting and Industrial Base II: Bundling, Goaling, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals. The hearing was held at 10:00 A.M. on March 17, 2015 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

          The hearing examined contracting issues in the industrial base as it relates to bundling, consolidation and strategic sourcing, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) goaling processes and the jurisdiction and operation of the SBA's office of Hearings and Appeals.

          Opening Statement:

          Chairman Richard Hanna ( R-NY)

          Witnesses and Testimony:
           

        • Mr. Joe Wynn, President, VETS Group, Inc, Washington, DC

           

        • Mr.  Robert Burton, Partner, Venable, LLP, Washington, DC
        •  

        •  Mr. Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel, Professional Services Council, Arlington, VA
        •  

        • Mr.  Damien Specht, Partner, Jenner & Block, Washington, DC
        •  

           

          Additional Items:

        • Hearing Notice
        • Witness List
        • Hearing Memo
        •  

           

          Copyright

          © 2015 Women Construction Owners & Executives USA
          WCOE grows your contacts, contracts & bottom line