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Introduced in Senate (06/17/2014)


113th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 2481


To amend the Small Business Act to provide authority for sole source contracts for certain small business concerns owned and controlled by women, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 17, 2014

Mrs. Shaheen (for herself, Ms. Cantwell, and Mrs. Gillibrand) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship


A BILL

To amend the Small Business Act to provide authority for sole source contracts for certain small business concerns owned and controlled by women, 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 “Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity Act”.

SEC. 2. Sole source contracts for certain small business concerns owned and controlled by women.

(a) In general.—Section 8(m) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(m)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2)(C), by striking “paragraph (3)” and inserting “paragraph (4)”;

(2) in paragraph (5), by striking “(2)(F)” each place it appears and inserting “(2)(E)”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(7) AUTHORITY FOR SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS FOR ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY WOMEN IN UNDERREPRESENTED INDUSTRIES.—A contracting officer may award a sole source contract under this subsection to a small business concern owned and controlled by women that meets the requirements under paragraph (2)(A) if—

“(A) the small business concern owned and controlled by women is in an industry in which small business concerns owned and controlled by women are underrepresented, as determined by the Administrator;

“(B) the contracting officer determines that the small business concern owned and controlled by women is a responsible contractor with respect to performance of the contract opportunity;

“(C) the anticipated award price of the contract, including options, is not more than—

“(i) $6,500,000, in the case of a contract opportunity assigned a North American Industry Classification System code for manufacturing; or

“(ii) $4,000,000, in the case of any other contract opportunity; and

“(D) in the estimation of the contracting officer, the contract award can be made at a fair and reasonable price.

“(8) AUTHORITY FOR SOLE SOURCE CONTRACTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS OWNED AND CONTROLLED BY WOMEN IN SUBSTANTIALLY UNDERREPRESENTED INDUSTRIES.—A contracting officer may award a sole source contract under this subsection to a small business concern owned and controlled by women that meets the requirements under paragraph (2)(E) if—

“(A) the small business concern owned and controlled by women is in an industry in which small business concerns owned and controlled by women are substantially underrepresented, as determined by the Administrator;

“(B) the contracting officer determines that the small business concern owned and controlled by women is a responsible contractor with respect to performance of the contract opportunity;

“(C) the anticipated award price of the contract, including options, is not more than—

“(i) $6,500,000, in the case of a contract opportunity assigned a North American Industry Classification System code for manufacturing; or

“(ii) $4,000,000, in the case of any other contract opportunity; and

“(D) in the estimation of the contracting officer, the contract award can be made at a fair and reasonable price.”.

(b) Reporting on goals for sole source contracts for small business concerns owned and controlled by women.—Section 15(h)(2)(E)(viii) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(h)(2)(E)(viii)) is amended—

(1) in subclause (IV), by striking “and” at the end;

(2) by redesignating subclause (V) as subclause (VIII); and

(3) by inserting after subclause (IV) the following:

“(V) through sole source contracts awarded under section 8(m)(7);

“(VI) through sole source contracts awarded under section 8(m)(8);

“(VII) by industry for contracts described in subclause (III), (IV), (V), or (VI); and”.

(c) Deadline for report on underrepresented industries accelerated.—Section 29(o)(2) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 656(o)(2)) is amended—

(1) by striking “5 years after the date of enactment of this subsection” and inserting “January 2, 2015”; and

(2) by striking “5-year period” and inserting “2-year or 5-year period, as applicable,”.