Acquisition bill tracker

Wednesday - 6/6/2012, 9:35am EDT

Federal News Radio put together a list of pending legislation that affects federal contractors and the acquisition workforce. We will continuously update this list. This story is part of the Federal News Radio special series Inside the World's Biggest Buyer.

The Professional Services Council helped compile this list.

Bill Sponsor Description Status
Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (or DATA Act)
H.R.2146/S.1222
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)/
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
Establishes an accountability and transparency board. Requires anyone who receives federal funds to report, at least quarterly, on how the funds were used.
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Passed House on April 25, 2012. Refered to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on June 16, 2011.
Commonsense Contractor Compensation Act of 2012
S.2198
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) Limits the amount of compensation payable to employees of contractors for a fiscal year to the annual amount paid to the President, or about $400,000.
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Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on March 15, 2012.
Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2011
H.R.829
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) Companies "seriously delinquent" on back taxes would be prevented from getting government contracts.
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Reported by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on April 13, 2011.
Keep Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act of 2011
H.R.2008/S.1100
Rep. Darrell Issa (R.Calif.)/Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) Prohibits agencies from requiring companies to disclose their political contributions when bidding for a government contract. Approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on May 26, 2011. Approved by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on May 16, 2012.
Government Efficiency Through Small Business Contracting Act
H.R.3850
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) Increases small business contracting goal from 23 percent to 25 percent.
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Approved by House Small Business Committee on March 7, 2012.
Small Business Protection Act of 2012
H.R.3987
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) Aims to ensure size standards for what defines a small business are appropriate to an industry.
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Approved by House Small Business Committee on March 21, 2012.
Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012
H.R.4257
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Updates FISMA to base controls on automated, continuous monitoring, applicable to certain contractors.
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Passed by House on April 26, 2012.
National Defense Authorization Act of 2013
H.R.4310
Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.) Increases accountability for small business contracting goals. Includes provisions affecting total workforce management, private security contracting and others.
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Passed by House on May 18, 2012.
Small Business Contracting Fraud Prevention Act of 2011
S.633
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) Require agencies to submit annual report outlining suspension, prosecution and debarment of small business contracting fraud. Expands the Veterans Affairs Department veteran-owned business verification program to the rest of government. Passed by Senate on Sept. 21, 2011.
Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act of 2011
S.761
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) Establishes an Acquisition Management Fellows Program to develop a new generation of acquisition leaders. Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on April 7, 2011.
Comprehensive Contingency Contracting Reform Act of 2012
S.2139
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) Increases accountability of wartime contracting. Requires automatic suspensions of contractors accused of wrongdoing.
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Referred to Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Feb. 29, 2012.

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