Congress Steps Up Call to Award More Pentagon Contracts to Small Businesses

March 1, 2012

Members of the House Armed Services Committee are escalating a campaign to help small- and medium-size companies score more Pentagon contracts, claiming that the procurement system is stacked against outsiders and mom-and-pop businesses.

"How do we make sure it's not the same usual suspects getting all the contracts?" asked Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the ranking minority member on the committee. How to give small businesses greater access to defense contracts is one Smith's top concerns, he said March 1 during a breakfast meeting with reporters.

Small businesses in his home state and elsewhere see the overwhelming bureaucracy in Pentagon procurement and turn the other way, even though they might have products that the military needs and that might cost less than larger contractors charge, Smith said. "I hear that in my district a lot," he said. 

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