Lawmaker Presses Agencies to Abide by Small Biz Law

April 16, 2013

The chairman of the House Small Business Committee on Tuesday called on 35 federal agencies to provide details on their compliance with new federal provisions aimed to help small businesses compete for federal contracts.

The request by Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., comes less than a month after a congressional hearing found problems in the Veterans Affairs’ Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).

Graves said the Small Business Act prohibits agencies’ OSDBU directors from holding other positions, but the VA’s OSDBU director, Tom Leney, acknowledged holding another agency job, too.

Graves said in a statement Tuesday that he’s now learned other agencies either are not aware of the provision or are not complying with it.

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