WHY YOU SHOULD ADVOCATE
The HUBZone Council advocates for policies that bring opportunities to HUBZones and contracting opportunities for HUBZone companies. On Capitol Hill and Federal agencies, the Council’s policy team is active in promoting our agenda. However, any successful advocacy effort also includes direct communications between constituents and their elected officials. That is where you come in. As HUBZone certified companies, you are affected by government policy every day. Engagement with lawmakers in your home districts can make all the difference when advocating for meaningful policy changes to the program and acquisition policies that impact federal buying.
WHAT TO TALK ABOUT
Increasing Sole Source Awards for HUBZones
Currently, the sole source dollar limits are $4 million and $6.5 million (construction and manufacturing) over the life of the contract. For government contractors, these amounts are very small. The House passed legislation, H.R. 190, to give all socioeconomic contracting programs, including HUBZones, greater opportunities through sole source contracting. The “Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2019” would raise the dollar amount for construction/manufacturing to $7 million and allow the amounts of $4 million/$7million to be awarded each year, instead of the total amount per contract.
Action is now needed in the Senate. Tell your Senator to create federal opportunities for HUBZone companies by urging them to introduce a bill that mirrors H.R. 190.