House Panel Recommends Removing Barriers to Companies Doing Business with DoD

April 6, 2012

The Department of Defense (DoD) should take definitive actions to streamline DoD's acquisition process and remove barriers facing small business.  According to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Panel on Business Challenges in the Defense Industry, implementing the recommendations cited in its report (Challenges to Doing Business with the Department of Defense) would "improve business to government relations and embrace emerging technologies."

The panel spent six months examining the challenges businesses encounter when dealing with DoD:  1) regulatory challenges; 2) incentives and mandates used to support the defense industrial base; 3) structural challenges for sectors within the industrial base; 4) the effect of current fiscal environment on the industrial base and its contractors; and 5) opportunities to lower barriers to entry.

According to the panel's report, "small and midsize businesses face particular challenges in contacting with DoD."  This has been especially true in recent years when DOD has not met its small business procurement goals, according to the report.  Panel chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) said throughout is study the panel heard a consistent theme:  "navigating the defense acquisitions process is difficult for all businesses, but is particularly difficult for small businesses." 

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