Text: H.R.2921 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/14/2011)


112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2921

To amend the Small Business Act with respect to assistance under section 8(a) of that Act and goals for procurement contracts, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 14, 2011

Ms. Clarke of New York introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Small Business


A BILL

To amend the Small Business Act with respect to assistance under section 8(a) of that Act and goals for procurement contracts, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Expanding Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2011”.

SEC. 2. 8(a) ASSISTANCE.

(a) Duration of eligibility.—Section 7(j)(15) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(j)(15)) is amended—

(1) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) by striking “nine years” and inserting “12 years”;

(2) in subparagraph (A) by striking “four years” and inserting “4 years”; and

(3) in subparagraph (B) by striking “five years” and inserting “8 years”.

(b) Technical assistance for business concerns no longer eligible.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall establish a program to provide to a covered business concern, during the 2-year period following the expiration of the concern’s eligibility to receive contracts under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)), technical assistance with respect to business activities.

(2) COVERED BUSINESS CONCERN DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term “covered business concern” means a business concern that had been, but is no longer, eligible to receive contracts under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(a)).

SEC. 3. Goals for procurement contracts.

(a) Small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.—Section 15(g)(1) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)(1)) is amended by striking “economically disadvantaged individuals shall be established at not less than 5 percent” and inserting “economically disadvantaged individuals shall be established at not less than 8 percent”.

(b) GAO study and report.—

(1) STUDY.—The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study on the activities of the 5 most and the 5 least successful Federal agencies with respect to meeting goals for procurement contracts established under section 15(g) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)).

(2) REPORT.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study conducted under paragraph (1), which shall include recommendations for improving the 5 Federal agencies determined to be least successful for purposes of that paragraph.