With help from lots of folks to include SAIC CEO Tony Moraco who complained to Congress about his company losing ground in government contracting and decided it would be best to legally steal from America’s small businesses, their families and employees by getting Congress to change the rules.
SEC. 838. Counting of major defense acquisition program subcontracts toward small business goals.
(a) In general.—Chapter 137 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
“§ 2338. Counting of major defense acquisition program subcontracts toward small business goals
“(a) Annual procurement goals.—First tier and second tier subcontracts awarded by the Department of Defense under major defense acquisition programs to small business concerns, small businesses concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, qualified HUBZone small business concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and small business concerns owned and controlled by women shall be considered toward annual Department of Defense management goals for procurement contracts awarded to those concerns.
The impact of this being implemented with the 2017 NDAA will kill small business participation in federal contracting. Why? For the simple reason that validating total obligations to small business concerns is a sketchy affair to begin with because it counts dollars awarded to small business where no assistance was rendered and includes many dollars to ‘other than small businesses’ due to unintentional errors and outright malice. Tracking subcontract dollars actually awarded to small business concerns at the first tier is nothing short of a joke and there is no enforcement. Allowing first and second tier subcontract obligations to count towards the goal that represents contract (versus subcontract) dollars from agencies to small business concerns is a slap in the face to the very fabric of what sustains this country in a number of ways and will result in dollars currently going to small business to vaporize.
I wonder how many in Congress are personally benefiting from this? Every member of Congress that helps this go through that has ever had a platform based on words that sound like “I support small business.” is a LIAR. But then, why am I surprised given the lack of maturity that’s existed in Congress for years and the lack of actual concern for our country and its people, beyond themselves and the Tony Moraco’s that is.
“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”