There are multiple provisions of federal law intended to promote Congress’s “declared policy” that a “fair proportion” of government contracts and subcontracts be awarded to small businesses. See 15 U.S.C. §631(a). Some of these provisions are of government-wide applicability, and are generally codified in the Small Business Act. Other provisions pertain only to specific agencies, and are generally not part of the Small Business Act. Rather, they are part of other statutes, such as the provisions of the Armed Services Procurement Act codified in Title 10 of the United States Code (e.g., 10 U.S.C. §2302 note); or they are uncodified provisions of appropriations measures (e.g., 125 Stat. 1245). This “In Focus” briefly notes key provisions of small business contracting law, and provides citations to CRS reports discussing these provisions in more detail.
Date of Report: February 23, 2015
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