Federal News Radio put together a list of pending legislation that affects federal contractors and the acquisition workforce. We will continuously update this list. This story is part of the Federal News Radio special series Inside the World’s Biggest Buyer.
The Professional Services Council helped compile this list.
Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (or DATA Act) H.R.2146/S.1222
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)/ Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
Establishes an accountability and transparency board. Requires anyone who receives federal funds to report, at least quarterly, on how the funds were used. Read full story.
Passed House on April 25, 2012. Refered to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on June 16, 2011.
Commonsense Contractor Compensation Act of 2012 S.2198
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Limits the amount of compensation payable to employees of contractors for a fiscal year to the annual amount paid to the President, or about $400,000. Read full story.
Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 15, 2012.
Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2011 H.R.829
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
Companies “seriously delinquent” on back taxes would be prevented from getting government contracts. Read full story.
Reported by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on April 13, 2011.
Aims to ensure size standards for what defines a small business are appropriate to an industry. Read full story.
Approved by House Small Business Committee on March 21, 2012.
Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 H.R.4257
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
Updates FISMA to base controls on automated, continuous monitoring, applicable to certain contractors. Read full story.
Passed by House on April 26, 2012.
National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 H.R.4310
Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.)
Increases accountability for small business contracting goals. Includes provisions affecting total workforce management, private security contracting and others. Read full story.
Passed by House on May 18, 2012.
Small Business Contracting Fraud Prevention Act of 2011 S.633
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
Require agencies to submit annual report outlining suspension, prosecution and debarment of small business contracting fraud. Expands the Veterans Affairs Department veteran-owned business verification program to the rest of government.
Passed by Senate on Sept. 21, 2011.
Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act of 2011 S.761
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
Establishes an Acquisition Management Fellows Program to develop a new generation of acquisition leaders.
Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on April 7, 2011.
Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012 S.2139
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
Increases accountability of wartime contracting. Requires automatic suspensions of contractors accused of wrongdoing. Read full story.
Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Feb. 29, 2012.