H.R. 1657: To revise the enforcement penalties for misrepresentation of a business concern as a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans or as a small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans

H.R. 1657

To revise the enforcement penalties for misrepresentation of a business concern as a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans or as a small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans

Date
May 23, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 23, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 1657 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The resolution was introduced by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) on April 15, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.  The full Committee considered the bill and held a mark-up session on May 12, 2011, with the bill passing by a voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1657 would revise the penalty for businesses that, in their dealings with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), misrepresents their status as small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans or service-disabled veterans. 

Any small business concern—and all principals involved—found to be misrepresenting their status shall be debarred from contracting with the VA for not less than five years. 

Background

Under current law, VA is required to preclude such businesses from contracting with the agency for a period of time determined to be reasonable by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Cost

Based on information from VA, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 1657 would have no budgetary impact.  Enacting H.R. 1657 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.