House Small Business Committee

Chabot, Connolly Introduce Bill to Help More Small Businesses Export

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:00am

Chabot, Connolly Introduce Bill to Help More Small Businesses Export

WASHINGTON – Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) have introduced H.R. 2586, the Export Coordination Act of 2015, a bill to improve the coordination of federal export promotion resources and to streamline the export process so that more small businesses can sell goods overseas.

“When it comes to exporting, most small businesses don’t know where to start,” said Chabot. “The process can be incredibly complex and the federal resources that are supposed to help them navigate the process are just as intimidating. The Export Coordination Act would streamline these resources and take steps to make the process easier for businesses.

Chabot added, “It is my hope that this bill – and other solutions that the Small Business Committee is currently working on – will open the door for more small businesses to sell their goods overseas, which ultimately provides more opportunities for working families.”

Congressman Connolly said, “The federal government stands ready to help small businesses access foreign markets and create jobs through exports. This bill will ensure that federal trade promotion agencies are reaching out to state and local partners and making access to these resources as straightforward as possible.

U.S. exports support more than 38 million American jobs – including 1 in 3 manufacturing jobs.  Despite the fact that 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, only 2 percent of all small businesses export their goods.

H.R. 2586 would require the United States Department of Commerce’s Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC) to clearly define each federal agency’s role in the export process, establish a central listing of all trade events, give state trade agencies a voice in setting our national export strategy, and reduce overlap of current export resources. 

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Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park and Implications for Fishermen, Small Businesses, the Local Economy and Environment

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:00am

On Monday, August 3, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Small Business will hold a joint oversight hearing titled, “Restricted Access at Biscayne National Park and Implications for Fishermen, Small Businesses, the Local Economy and Environment.”  This hearing will be held at the William F. Dickinson Community Center, 1601 N. Krome Avenue, in Homestead, Florida.

Witnesses will be by invitation only.

If you need further information, please contact Kiel Weaver, William Ball or Alex Semanko, staff of the Committee on Natural Resources at (202) 225-8331 or Viktoria Ziebarth, staff of the Committee on Small Business at (202) 225-5821.

"The REINS Act forces government to think before it acts."

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 6:34pm

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. During consideration of the measure, Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) spoke of the bill’s importance to small businesses and American workers:

“There is not a small business person I know that thinks government can create jobs. But they do know government can keep them from creating jobs. The REINS Act forces government to think before it acts. It protects the American people by ensuring that those they elected get a say in major regulations—not all regulations—just those that will have a significant impact on the economy.”

Click HERE for full video of Chairman Chabot’s remarks.

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House, Senate Small Business Leaders Applaud Passage of Veterans Entrepreneurship Act

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:00am

House, Senate Small Business Leaders Applaud Passage of Veterans Entrepreneurship Act
Final Version of H.R. 2499 Waives 7(a) Fees for Veterans; Ensures Loan Guarantees through the End of Fiscal Year; Instates Preventative Measures at No Additional Cost

WASHINGTON—House and Senate Small Business Committee leaders this evening applauded passage of the final version of H.R. 2499, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015. The bill, which waives upfront fees for veterans applying for 7(a) express loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA), was amended by the Senate late last week as increased demand drove the 7(a) program to its initial limit of $18.75 billion.

In addition to waiving fees for veterans, H.R. 2499, in its final form, raises the 7(a) program’s lending authority from $18.75 billion to $23.5 billion through the end of the fiscal year and requires the SBA to communicate more consistently and quickly with Congress before the limit is reached again, all at no additional cost to taxpayers.

House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), the bill’s original author, said, “I am pleased that House and Senate leaders on both sides of the aisle not only came together to open doors for our veteran entrepreneurs, but responded quickly and efficiently to the growing demand for 7(a) loans in a way that prevents future temporary suspensions of the program and lays no additional cost on taxpayers. I appreciate the leadership and focus of everyone involved here to put our small businesses first.

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Chairman David Vitter (R-LA): “Supporting small businesses is not a partisan issue, which is why I’m glad to see my House colleagues act quickly to pass my sensible and timely bipartisan amendment to keep lending flowing to small businesses,” said Vitter. “I want to thank House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez for their hard work and leadership to help America’s small businesses get back to work and stop worrying about access to capital.”

House Small Business Committee Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) said, “This legislation will turn back on the spigot for small business loans guaranteed by the SBA, getting capital back into entrepreneurs’ hands. That means more firms will have resources to invest in their operations, expand and ultimately create good paying jobs. I’m pleased we reached this compromise and look forward to seeing it swiftly enacted so that there is minimal disruption to the program.”

Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH): “As this legislation heads to the President’s desk, I want to thank my colleagues in the House, Chairman Steve Chabot and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez, for their diligent work to advance the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act and get the SBA’s most in-demand loan program up and running again,” said Senator Shaheen. “It’s great to have such strong allies on behalf of America’s small businesses on the other side of the Capitol. Many veterans are applying the same can-do approach they used in the military to start and grow their own small businesses, and our legislation will help veterans by waiving some of the fees with federal small business loans. I’m very pleased that this legislation also allows the SBA’s popular 7(a) loan program to meet the demand from America’s small business. I look forward to the President signing this bill into law.”

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Modern Tools in a Modern World: How App Technology is Benefitting Small Businesses

House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 10:00am

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology will meet for a hearing titled, “Modern Tools in a Modern World: How App Technology is Benefitting Small Businesses.”  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 23, 2015 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building

The Subcommittee will receive testimony on the increasing utilization of app technology and the implications for small American businesses, particularly in underserved regions of the country. The hearing will examine how apps improve businesses’ day-to-day operations, make them more efficient, assist their marketing and outreach capabilities, and, ultimately, stimulate revenue and job growth. 

Opening Statement:

Chairman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS)

Witnesses and Testimony:       

Mr. Morgan Reed
Executive Director
ACT | The App Association
Washington, DC

Patricia G. Greene, Ph.D
Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies
Babson College
Babson Park, MA

Mr. David Barrett
CEO
Expensify
San Francisco, CA

Additional Items:
   
Hearing Notice

Witness List
    

How Tax Compliance Obligations Hinder Small Business Growth

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:00am

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled: ​ "How Tax Compliance Obligations Hinder Small Business Growth." The hearing will be held in 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing will examine the tax compliance burden facing small firms and examine the effectiveness of actions taken by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intended to reduce these compliance costs.  The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a report at the hearing examining the efficacy of some IRS efforts to ensure tax compliance and a GAO official will testify about the potential complications those efforts cause for small businesses.  A second panel will focus on ways to reduce the complexity faced by small firms when preparing their taxes.  

Opening Statement:

  • Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
    • Opening Statement
       
  • Witnesses and Testimony: 

    Panel 1

    Mr. J. Christopher Mihm
    Managing Director, Strategic Issues
    United States Government Accountability Office
    Washington, DC

    Panel 2

    Mr. Donald Williamson
    Professor, American University
    Executive Director, Kogod Tax Center
    Washington, DC

    Mr. Troy Lewis
    Vice President
    Heritage Bank
    St. George, UT
    *Testifying on Behalf of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

    Mr. Les Vitale
    Partner
    Local Markets Group
    McGladrey, LLP
    Boston, MA  

    Additional Items:

  • Hearing Notice
  • Witness List
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    How Tax Compliance Obligations Hinder Small Business Growth

    House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 12:00am

    How Tax Compliance Obligations Hinder Small Business Growth

    WASHINGTON—A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the burden small businesses face in complying with the increasingly complex tax code gave Small Business Committee Members, tax experts, and small business leaders much to examine in today’s full committee hearing.

    The report, commissioned by the Small Business Committee in 2013 to examine how characteristics of a small business affect its compliance process and burdens and how the IRS takes small business needs into consideration, underscored what Members and small businesses see every day: America’s small businesses face a disproportionate tax burden in trying to comply with the tax code.

    Chairman Chabot noted testimony the committee heard in a tax-focused hearing on April 15th of this year. “There are millions of Americans out there…who feel the weight of the tax code each day. I speak to them every time I am back home. And I hear the same concerns again and again: more Americans are frustrated with the process of paying their taxes than with actually writing the check to the government. It’s unacceptable and we must do better.

    The report indicates that small businesses pay anywhere from $182 to $4,746 per employee to comply with the tax code, and that despite administrative efforts by the IRS to reduce the compliance burden, small businesses aren’t seeing relief.

    Chairman Chabot asked the panel of five witnesses what small businesses need most to deal with the burden of tax compliance. Troy Lewis, Vice President of Heritage Bank in St. George, Utah, affirmed what the committee established on Tax Day: “Reform the tax code,” Lewis said. “[Small businesses] want it. They need it. If you can give that to them, it would be wonderful.”

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    How Tax Compliance Obligations Hinder Small Business Growth

    House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:00am

    On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled: ​ "How Tax Compliance Obligations Hinder Small Business Growth." The hearing will be held in 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

    The hearing will examine the tax compliance burden facing small firms and examine the effectiveness of actions taken by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intended to reduce these compliance costs.  The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a report at the hearing examining the efficacy of some IRS efforts to ensure tax compliance and a GAO official will testify about the potential complications those efforts cause for small businesses.  A second panel will focus on ways to reduce the complexity faced by small firms when preparing their taxes.  

    Opening Statement:

  • Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)
    • Opening Statement
       
  • Witnesses and Testimony: 

    Panel 1

    Mr. J. Christopher Mihm
    Managing Director, Strategic Issues
    United States Government Accountability Office
    Washington, DC

    Panel 2

    Mr. Donald Williamson
    Professor, American University
    Executive Director, Kogod Tax Center
    Washington, DC

    Mr. Troy Lewis
    Vice President
    Heritage Bank
    St. George, UT
    *Testifying on Behalf of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

    Mr. Les Vitale
    Partner
    Local Markets Group
    McGladrey, LLP
    Boston, MA  

    Additional Items:

  • Hearing Notice
  • Witness List
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    Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft

    House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:00am
    On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, ​Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned AircraftThe hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

    The purpose of the hearing is to examine how small businesses will use unmanned aircraft for commercial activities in the United States. Currently, commercial operations of unmanned aircraft are very limited; however, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working towards safely integrating them into the national airspace system.  Earlier this year, the FAA issued a proposed rule to permit small unmanned aircraft (those weighing 55 pounds or less) to operate for non-hobby, non-recreational purposes.  Once the regulation is finalized, the FAA expects that small businesses will conduct the majority of commercial operations. 
     

    Opening Statement:

    Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

    Witnesses and Testimony:
     

  • Mr. Brian Wynne, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Arlington, VA
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  • Mr. Mike Gilkey, CEO and Director of Flight Operations, 3D Aerial Solutions LLC, Dayton, OH
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  • Mr. Brian Streem, CEO/Founder, AeroCine, Brooklyn, NY
  • Additional Items:

    "We are pioneers"

    House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:00am

    Small Business and the Future of Unmanned Flight

    WASHINGTON - Today, Small Business Committee Members heard from entrepreneurs working on the cutting edge of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) industry. At a hearing, the Committee examined the innovative use of UAS by small businesses, as well as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) progress in developing rules for wider commercial application.

    After the hearing, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) commented on the promise of the industry and the potential threat of stifling these entrepreneurs with overregulation:

    “There are moments when we can unleash a positive force of innovation and job creation if we do not smother it with regulations. Most of the time, the government misses these moments, and we’re left to wonder what could have been. While we must promote public safety and proper usage of unmanned aircraft, we must ensure that the regulations are carefully crafted so that they don’t prevent this new industry from innovating and helping grow our economy. As Chairman of this Committee, it is my goal to work with the entrepreneurs leading this industry to make sure it can be the positive force that we all know it is.”

    The FAA is currently issuing limited authorizations for commercial UAS operations in low-risk, controlled environments. It was required to issue a final rule to allow small UAS operations by August 2014, but missed that deadline. Furthermore, the FAA is required to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system by September 30, 2015.

    Other notable quotes include:

    “Unmanned systemshold the potential to truly revolutionize our economy and way of lifein the United States… However, the highly restricted nature of the current interim rules and the slow pace of permanent rulemaking continue to stifle the ability of small business to capitalize on this market’s potential… Small business people like me are slugging their way through the obstacles and bureaucracy to fulfill our dreams of creating this new industry.We are pioneers, determined to succeed and believe the country and world will be beneficiaries.-Mr. Mike Gilkey, CEO and Director of Flight Operations, 3D Aerial Solutions LLC,Dayton, OH

    “The FAA’s efforts to integrate UAVs into the national airspace (NAS) are commendable in the face of extraordinary challenges... We recognize the FAA prefers the incremental approach of crawl -- walk – run. But right nowregulation in the United States is sorely lagging behind the technology, which is sprinting.”Mr. Brian Streem, CEO/Founder, AeroCine, Brooklyn, NY

    “UAS increase human potential, allowing us to execute dangerous or difficult tasks safely and efficiently... Given the technology’s potential, it is important that the FAA finalize the small UAS rules as quickly as possible. Moreover, Congress needs to pass – and the President needs to sign into law – an FAA reauthorization measure before the current authorization expires on September 30, 2015.” -Mr. Brian Wynne, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Arlington, VA

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    House Committee Chairmen Call for Withdrawal of Administration’s Harmful, Unnecessary Blacklisting Proposal

    House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:00am

    House Committee Chairmen Call for Withdrawal of Administration’s Harmful, Unnecessary
    Blacklisting Proposal

    WASHINGTON – Republican leaders of three congressional committees today wrote to the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to call for the withdrawal of the administration’s proposed blacklisting guidance and regulation. Expressing concern over the anticipated harmful consequences of the proposal, leaders on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Small Business Committee explain:

    The proposed guidance and rule institute new burdensome and unnecessary requirements that will delay an already cumbersome federal procurement process and will impose additional costs on employers, federal agencies, and American taxpayers.

    In 2014, President Obama issued an executive order to require contractors and subcontractors to disclose potential violations of 14 federal labor laws and equivalent state laws from the preceding three years. On May 28, 2015, the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued proposed guidance and a draft regulation intended to implement the executive order.

    While the chairmen note in their letter that “bad actors denying workers basic protections should not be rewarded with government contracts funded by taxpayer dollars,” they assert current laws already provide the tools necessary to hold them accountable. As the members write:

    We do not see the need to implement measures through executive fiat to fix a problem that simply does not exist. Rather than implement another layer of bureaucracy, the Administration should work with Congress and stakeholders to use the existing system to crack down on bad actors and ensure the rights of America’s workers are protected.

    Furthermore, the committee leaders write that agencies must have a strong basis for implementing regulations, especially when they “threaten due process, impose onerous reporting burdens, and limit competition by favoring certain competitors while blacklisting others, resulting in significant job losses.” According to the chairmen, the proposed rule and guidance rely on biased reports lacking objective empirical evidence in order to impose this “new and burdensome” reporting requirement.

    If the proposed guidance and rule are not withdrawn, the chairmen ask that the administration extend the public comment period by 90 days to “ensure that interested parties have adequate time to review, assess, and provide meaningful input.” The current period, they argue, does not provide stakeholders enough time to “effectively evaluate the full ramifications of the proposals.”

    The letter was signed by:

    • Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN);
    • Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT);
    • Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH);
    • Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN);
    • Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI);
    • Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH);
    • Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY); and
    • Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations Subcommittee Chairman Cresent Hardy (R-NV).

    To read the full letter, click here.

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    Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft

    House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:00am

    On Wednesday, the Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, ​Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned AircraftThe hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

    The purpose of the hearing is to examine how small businesses will use unmanned aircraft for commercial activities in the United States. Currently, commercial operations of unmanned aircraft are very limited; however, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working towards safely integrating them into the national airspace system.  Earlier this year, the FAA issued a proposed rule to permit small unmanned aircraft (those weighing 55 pounds or less) to operate for non-hobby, non-recreational purposes.  Once the regulation is finalized, the FAA expects that small businesses will conduct the majority of commercial operations. 
     

    Opening Statement:

    Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) 

    Witnesses and Testimony:
     

  • Mr. Brian Wynne, President & CEO, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Arlington, VA
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  • Mr. Mike Gilkey, CEO and Director of Flight Operations, 3D Aerial Solutions LLC, Dayton, OH
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  • Mr. Brian Streem, CEO/Founder, AeroCine, Brooklyn, NY
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  • Dr. Tim McLain, Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

  • Additional Materials: 

  • Hearing Notice
  • Witness List
  • House Passes Four Small Business Bills Opening Doors for Veterans, Entrepreneurs, and Disaster Victims

    House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 12:00am

    WASHINGTON -The House of Representatives just passed four bills offered by Small Business Committee members that will provide better access to capital for small businesses and accountability for the federal government.

    It’s a Monday evening, and while small businesses and hopeful entrepreneurs across the country are taking stock of what they accomplished today, I’m proud of what my colleagues in the House of Representatives did for them,” Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) said. “These bills will help veterans start new businesses, modernize a microloan program that that can help entrepreneurs get off the ground, strengthen thriving public-private partnerships through SBICs, and make sure that the government is prepared to help communities rebuild in the aftermath of disasters.”

    The following pieces of legislation are now one step closer to becoming law:

    H.R. 2499: "Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015"

    H.R. 208: "Superstorm Sandy Relief Act of 2015"

    H.R. 1023: "The Small Business Investment Company Capital Act of 2015"

    H.R. 2670: "Microloan Modernization Act of 2015"

    All four bills passed with bipartisan support out of the Small Business Committee in June. H.R. 208, H.R. 1023, and H.R. 2670 passed the House of Representatives this afternoon by voice vote, and H.R. 2499, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015, passed by a vote of 410-1 tonight.

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    The Calm Before the Storm: Oversight of SBA's Disaster Loan Program

    House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:00am
    On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 11:00 A.M., the Committee on Small Business will hold a held a hearing titled, ​ ​The Calm Before the Storm: Oversight of SBA's Disaster Loan Program. The hearing will be held in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

     

    The purpose of the hearing is to examine the challenges faced by the SBA in response to "Superstorm" Sandy, including a discussion of a September 2014 report by the Government Accountability Office.
     

    Opening Statement:

    Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH)

    Witnesses and Testimony:

     

  • Mr. James Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office of Disaster Assistance, United States Small Business Administration, Washington, DC
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  • Mr. William Shear, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, United States Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC
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    Additional Items:

    The Real Small Business Scorecard

    House Small Business Committee News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:00am

    The Real Small Business Scorecard

    WASHINGTON – Today, Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) responded to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) flawed reporting of federal contracting goals.

    “The SBA is robbing small businesses. For every dollar the SBA doesn’t count, small businesses are losing 23 cents,” said Chabot. “In FY 2014, that means small businesses lost nearly $18 billion in contracts. The reason Congress asks for these numbers is so we can use them – not so that the Administration can pat itself on the back once a year. These are supposed to provide insight to help Congress craft policies that strengthen our industrial base. This sort of misreporting doesn’t help.”

    The numbers reported today are incorrect because the SBA continues to exclude nearly $78 billion in federal contract dollars reported into the federal procurement data system, plus at least $6 billion to $10 billion that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) illegally excluded from the database.These are dollars spent by the federal government that should be subject to small business contracting goals. Moreover, the SBA scorecard focuses intensely on just one factor -- prime contract dollars. While this is certainly an indicator, it does not represent a holistic--and more accurate--depiction of the industrial base. For example, there are 100,000 fewer contractors today than there were four years ago and and the number of contract actions being awarded to small businesses has fallen by nearly 60 percent. Furthermore, the Administration is still not meeting its subcontracting goal, even though SBA lowered the goal last year.

    Earlier this week, the Small Business Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations examined the issue of bonuses being awarded based on fraudulent scorecard data at the VA. Subcommittee Chairman Cresent Hardy (R-NV) concluded:“It is evident to me that the VA and the Obama Administration have failed our veterans, small business owners and the American taxpayer.”

    In its report, the SBA awarded the VA a “B”, but based on testimony it is clear that at least $6 billion to $10 billion worth of contract dollars were not included in this tabulation. If it had been, using the SBA’s own methodology, the percent of dollars awarded to small businesses by the VA would drop from 34.42 percent to between 22 and 26 percent, and the VA would have earned a“D” or an “F”. Likewise, the SBA gave the federal government an “A”, but the actual numbers show the Obama Administration only earned a “C”.

    “The Administration can be 'proud' when it is actually meeting the small business goals based on honest accounting,”said Chabot.“Until then, our Committee will keep working on commonsense reforms that provide a more realistic picture of our industrial base.”

    For more information on Chairman Chabot’s scorecard reform legislation click HERE.

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    GSA's Proposed Rule on Transactional Data Rule and its Effect on Small Businesses

    House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:00am
    The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce will hold a hearing titled GSA's Proposed Rule on Transactional Data Rule and its Effect on Small Businesses.  The hearing will be held at 10:00 A.M. on June 25, 2015 in Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

    The hearing  will examine the General Services Administration's March 5, 2015 Proposed rule on transactional data reporting.

     

     

     

    Opening Statement:

    Chairman Richard Hanna ( R-NY)

     

     

    Witnesses and Testimony:
     

  • Ms. Sheila Armstrong, Partner, Morgan, Lewis,& Bockius, LLP., Dallas, TX

     

    • Mr. Roger Waldron, President, The coalition for Government Procurement, Washington, DC 
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    •  Mr. John Stanford, Vice President, NextWin Services, Washington, DC
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      Additional Items: 

    • Hearing Notice
    • Witness List
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      Chabot on Supreme Court Obamacare Decision

      House Small Business Committee News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00am

      Chabot on Supreme Court Obamacare Decision

      WASHINGTON - Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell:

      "For last 5 years, Washington has tried to figure out what’s actually in Obamacare. If you really want to understand Obamacare, you don’t have to sift through the thousands of pages of poorly designed--and ineptly implemented law--you just have to look at your premium statement. You have to look at your health care bills. Americans and small businesses tell us every day how this law is burdening them. So while Washington continues to interpret, we will continue to act on solutions that empower families and American workers."

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      Senior VA Official Exposes Gross Mismanagement and Fraud

      House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:00am

      Senior VA Official Exposes Gross Mismanagement and Fraud

      “Massive violations of public trust continue unabated”

      WASHINGTON-At a joint hearing hosted by the Small Business and Veteran Affairs’ investigatory subcommittees held Tuesday, a senior official and whistleblower at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) revealed more details about how the Department broke the law in hiding billions in spending from the public and deprived small businesses of the opportunity to compete for contracts.

      Mr. Jan Frye, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics at the Department of Veterans Affairs described the manipulation and misreporting of contract dollars as “one of the most deceptive schemes” he has seen in his 41 years of government service.Specifically, he alleged that $6 billion to $10 billion in procurements were being concealed in an attempt to inflate the Department’s small business goaling numbers. As a result of this fraud, the Department received an “A” rather than the “D” or “F” they earned using the actual numbers. Small businesses lost out on at least 200,000 contracts.

      “VA senior leaders have willfully violated the public trust, debasing federal procurement and financial laws,” said Frye. “We have senior-leader integrity malaises [at the] VA. Like substance abusers before the journey to recovery, [the VA] will not be cured until we admit we have a disease… We are guilty… we have deceived the veteran-owned small-business community, while violating federal laws.” He also noted that these “massive violations of public trust continue unabated.”

      Small Business Subcommittee Chairman Cresent Hardy (R-NV) issued the following after the hearing:“Based on what we heard today, it is evident that the VA and the Obama Administration have failed our veterans, small business owners and the American taxpayer. If the VA had followed the law, small businesses – including many veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses— would have had the opportunity to compete, which would have saved money and allowed more services to be provided to our veterans. Instead, the VA simply ignored the law.”

      Mr. Thomas Leney, the Executive Director at the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the VA disputed the allegations claiming that the department had not broken the law, but simply conducted “improper accounting.” Later, it was also revealed that Mr. Leney received nearly $9,000 in performance bonuses in Fiscal Year 2013 that were based on those misreported numbers.

      “Because of this hearing, we now know that the VA awarded bonuses based on false pretenses – inflated numbers,” said Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). “It’s no different than a student cheating on a test to get a better report card. Our committees will continue to investigate these issues so that we can hold those responsible for this fraud to account and improve the services earned by our veterans.”

      Click HERE for more information on this hearing.

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      Joint Hearing with Veterans Affairs: Manipulation and Fraud in Reporting of VA Small Business Goals

      House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:00pm

      On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at 4:00pm., the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations with the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations will hold a joint hearing titled,  "Manipulation and Fraud in the Reporting of VA Small Business Goals." The hearing will be held in Room  334 of the Cannon House Office Building.  

      The purpose of the hearing is to examine manipulation and Fraud in the Reporting of VA Small Business Goals.

      Opening Statement:

      Chairman Cresent Hardy (R-NV)

      Witnesses and Testimony:

    • Mr. Jan Frye, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Procurement Executive, Office of Acquisition, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
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    •  Mr. Thomas Leney, Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business utilization, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
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    •  Mr. Norbert Doyle, Chief Procurement & Logistics Officer, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
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    •  Ms. Ann Rung, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC
    •  

    • Mr. John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business, United States Small Business Administration, Washington, DC
    •  

    • Mr. Kevin Page, Deputy Commissioner, Federal Service Acquisition Service, General Services Administration, Washington, DC
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      Additional Items:
          Hearing Notice
          Witness List
             

      Small Business Committee Welcomes New Member Trent Kelly

      House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:00am

      Small Business Committee Welcomes New Member Trent Kelly

      WASHINGTON—The newest member of the House of Representatives has joined the Committee on Small Business. Congressman Trent Kelly (R-MS) will serve on the Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access and Contracting and Workforce Subcommittees.

      Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) welcomed Congressman Kelly to the Small Business Committee, saying, “Congressman Kelly knows what it takes to inspire and empower the next generation of innovators and leaders because that’s what he’s been doing for nearly three decades in the Mississippi Army National Guard. His service in the military and as a district attorney gives him a valuable and unique voice, and we’re lucky to have him.”

      I am proud to have the opportunity to represent the First District of Mississippi on the House Small Business Committee,” said Congressman Kelly. “It is vital to our economy that small businesses have the tools they need to spur economic growth and increase job creation in our communities. I look forward to being a voice for Mississippi on the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access and Contracting and Workforce Subcommittees to promote policies that reduce burdens on small businesses and make it easier for American families to successfully start and run a business. I thank Chairman Chabot for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with him and the members of the committee.”

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