Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC,
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Rep. Graves, if your goal is to create a more contentious atmosphere that gets agency executives wrapped around their axles as opposed to focusing on the mission of their agencies while simultaneously hurting Small Business, then by all means, have at it!Peace!
Just as I disagree with the approach laid out in Rep. Owens' H.R. 3779, I think this plan is just plain dumb.
Wait, you haven't heard what this Congressman has planned? Here's the skinny from Nick Taborek at Bloomberg Government:
"Thousands of federal government executives risk losing their bonuses under a bill that would establish the first penalties for agencies failing to meet small-business contracting goals. U.S. Representative Sam Graves, a Missouri Republican who chairs the House Small Business Committee, told Bloomberg Government he plans to introduce the bill today. Eleven of 24 agencies missed their targets in 2010, according to the Small Business Administration."
The first thing that comes to mind is the phrase "crap rolls downhill" (yeah, I kinda' played nice) where unfortunately, at the bottom of Capitol Hill, I stand with lots of other small government contractors who are tired of being crapped on by the many out-of-touch bureaucrats who get their "small biz game faces" on just ahead of election time.
As also reported by Bloomberg Government, "The bill also would raise the share of eligible contracts that the federal government aims to award to small businesses to 25 percent from 23 percent, according to a draft of the legislation."
To what end? If the agencies are not meeting the current goal, what possible benefit does this net other than Rep. Graves having his name on a bill that creates a goal that will never be achieved. Punitive measures against agencies is not the way.
Why not put your efforts into something useful like modifying the Simplified Acquisition Procedures to be mandatory set-asides, and raising the Simplified Acquisition Threshold to $500,000. The framework is already there and the distance from where it is to where it could be is much shorter and more easily achieved than these latest propositions.
Enough already with throwing crap at the wall to see what sticks!
The Chief Visionary
"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."
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