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Contractor Pay Cap
A bipartisan bill [PDF] has re-opened the contentious issue of the contractor pay cap. The previous rule capped pay for the top five executives of a contractor at $693,951. The Senate 2012 defense authorization bill capped defense contractors’ pay at $400,000 and applied the cap to all defense contractor employees, but the House version kept the old cap, though it did approve expanding it to all contractor employees. The new proposed bill caps salaries at $400,000. President Obama actually favors a $200,000 cap.
The House Small Business Committee approved five more bills pertaining to government contracting. They are:
- Building Better Business Partnerships Act [PDF] – Would allow the Small Business Administration (SBA) to oversee civilian agency mentor-protégé programs
- Small Business Protection Act [PDF] – Would allow the SBA to establish a single standard for a grouping of four-digit North American Industrial Classification Systems codes
- Contractor Opportunity Protection Act [PDF] – Would provide a stronger process to appeal unjustified contract bundling
- Contracting Oversight for Small Business Jobs Act [PDF] – Would address contracting fraud by helping small businesses comply with complicated contracting and size rules and provide a safe harbor for small businesses making a good faith effort to comply. Would also ensure that potential cases of fraud are properly and transparently dealt with
- Women’s Procurement Program Improvement Act [XML] – Would allow contracting officers to award sole-source contracts to woman-owned companies that are economically disadvantaged or in substantially underrepresented industries
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