More than a year and a half ago, Congress passed and the president signed legislation intended to help small businesses more easily navigate the federal contracting arena and win more government work.
However, most of the rules have yet to be adopted — and until they are, life for some small contractors has instead become even more complicated.
“It’s unfathomable for me to understand why it’s taking so long when many of these are minor regulatory changes,” Angela Styles, a former White House administrator and now partner at Crowell & Moring in Washington, said this week during a congressional hearing.
Currently in limbo are several rule changes included in the defense budget authorization law signed by President Obama at the very start of 2013. Among them, Styles says that one of the most important was a revision to the rules outlining the share of work a company awarded a government contract reserved for small businesses could turn around and subcontract out to another company.