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The HUBZone Council advocates for policies that bring opportunities to the thousands of communities that lack capital investment and contracting opportunities for HUBZone companies. On Capitol Hill and in federal agencies, the Council’s policy team is active in promoting our agenda. However, any successful advocacy effort includes direct communications between constituents and their elected officials—that is where you come in. As HUBZone certified companies, you are affected by government policies every day. Engagement with lawmakers in your home districts can make all the difference when advocating for meaningful changes to program and acquisition policies that impact federal buying.

Most recently the HUBZone Council and its Advocacy team played an instrumental role in achieving HUBZone Program reforms under the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The changes implemented under the NDAA provided business certainty for thousands of small business across the nation. The comprehensive reform of this (SBA) program provides small businesses with greater economic certainty, facilitates timely communication between HUBZone firms and the SBA, and expands the program to revitalize even more of our nation's emerging communities.  



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LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

CATEGORY MANAGEMENT 

Increase contracting opportunities not limit them! 

 The Council led the effort to bring the small business community and government stakeholders together to work to minimize negative impacts by the governmentwide category management initiative on small businesses. These efforts resulted in the inclusion of a provision in the House FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that requires annual reporting of small business participation on Best in Class vehicles

PRICE EVALUATION PREFERENCE

The HUBZone Council believes that the 10% price evaluation should be applied  at the task order level for BPA's and IDIQ's  vs at the time of contract award.

ENSURE PROMPT PAYMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES 

Included in the Senate SBA Reauthorization bill draft is the establishment of a goal of 15 days for federal agencies to pay small business contractors for work performed after receipt of proper invoice and the establishment of a goal for prime contractors to pay small business subcontractors for work performed within 15 days after receipt of proper invoice. The Council has worked with the entire small business community to push for this change.



SUBCONTRACTING ENFORCEMENT & REFORM 

With Category Management reducing the number of contracting opportunities available to small businesses, subcontracting reform and enforcement is more important than ever. It is critical that we look for ways to reward those companies that adhere to subcontracting plans and issue work-share and penalize those that do not. In order to sustain our  industrial base is is ESSENTIAL that we develop a system that can effectively monitor subcontracting and implement ENFORCEABLE standards.

MAXIMIZE SUBCONTRACTING OPPORTUNITIES 

The Council has participated in small business roundtables on the contentious debate surrounding subcontracting compliance. As a result of these discussions, included in the Senate reauthorization draft bill are two provisions: (1) require the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBUs) to assist contracting officers with subcontracting compliance and (2) create transparency in the SBA procurement scorecard by expanding required subcontracting reporting by the SBA. Each agency would be required to report its subcontracting goal achievement including the number, dollar amount, and distribution of subcontracts awarded to small businesses each year

SMALL BUSINESS RUNWAY 

The Small Business Runway Extension Act was signed into law on December 17, 2018. However, the SBA invoked the rulemaking process. The law gives larger small businesses more runway to adjust to rapid growth by changing the lookback period for size determination from 3 to 5 years for all revenue-based size standards. This effort was organized by Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC). The HUBZone Council partnered with MCCC on this effort and submitted comments to SBA urging them to expediously complete the regulatory process.

SOLE SOURCING 

Reduce regulatory burdens and expand sole sourcing.


Raise the sole source thresholds to $8 million generally and $10 million for manufacturing contracts for each year of the contract - thus eliminating the inclusion of option years currently in law. The Council is spearheading a proposed amendment by Senator Cardin that would eliminate the following language from the WOSB/HUBZone/SDVOSB sole source programs: “unless the contracting officer is unable to obtain offers from two or more small business concerns that are competitive with market prices and are competitive with regard to the quality and delivery of the goods or services being purchased.”

EXPAND THE RISE ACT TO INCLUDE SUBCONTRACTING

The HUBZone Council supports legislation to amend the  Recovery Improvements for Small Entities After Disaster Act of 2015 (RISE Act)   to include large business subcontracting goals. The Rise Act authorizes SBA to establish contracting preferences for small businesses located in disaster areas, including HUBZone firms, and give agencies double credit for awards to these small businesses that are located in the Providentially declared major disaster areas.

According to  FPDS & USASpending, many of the larger contracts are being solicited through existing vehicles, thus it is reasonable to assume that by extending the legislation to subcontracting goals, the number of contracting opportunities to local businesses would increase significantly. Many of the small businesses operating within disaster areas may lack the bandwidth, resources, or bonding capacity required to prime these contracts, which is due, in part, to contract bundling and strategic sourcing, etc. In addition to increasing localized spending, this provides an opportunity for these small businesses to build lasting relationships with other companies which could lead to future contracting opportunities or even mentor-protégé relationships.

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