H.R. 4326, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enhancement Act of 2016

H.R. 4326

Small and Disadvantaged Business Enhancement Act of 2016

Sponsor
Rep. Alma Adams
Committee
Small Business

Date
April 19, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
John Huston

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4326, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enhancement Act of 2016, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on January 6, 2016, by Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) and was referred to the Committee on Small Business, which considered this legislation as part of the markup of H.R. 4341, which was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote, on January 13, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4326 ensures that the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) provide assistance to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZones).  When the OSDBU offices were created, the SDVOSB and HUBZone programs did not exist, so they were not included in the list of programs the OSDBU is authorized to support. Additionally, the bill allows these offices with access to data that will allow them to better detect abuse of government credit cards. 

Background

Since 1978, there have been Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization in federal agencies with the goal of helping small businesses compete for federal contracts. Agency OSDBUs are tasked with generally looking out for small business contractors and subcontractors in their dealings with the agency. This includes (1) facilitating small business participation as contractors and subcontractors; (2) assisting small businesses in obtaining payments under their contracts, late payment, interest penalties, or information on contractual payment provisions; and (3) cooperating and consulting with the SBA in ensuring contracts are structured to facilitate small business participation. .[1]

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[1] See CRS Report, “Bundling and Consolidation of Contract Requirements Under the Small Business Act: Legal Overview,” August 20, 2015.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Huston with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-5539.