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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 30, 2019 09:33 AM
From: Representative James B. Struzzi, II
To: All House members
Subject: Modernizing the Small and Disadvantaged Business certification process
Please join me as a cosponsor of legislation to update the standards used for the Small and Disadvantaged Business Program (SDB) under the Department of General Services (DGS). This program provides small and disadvantaged businesses with specialized considerations, including alternative bonding and progress payments, access to business assistance offices within agencies, and targeted outreach by procurement officials.

One challenge to the program is that the 100-employee limit for small businesses is set by statute and applies across all industry sectors. However, this flat number is not rational for every industry. For certain industries, a 100-employee business is very large and in others, it is very small.

This legislation would allow DGS to promulgate regulations to set maximum employee limits for participation in the SDB program according to industry. Similar industry-specific criteria are used by DGS to set gross sales figures. Further, the legislation would re-establish the authority for DGS to promulgate regulations for the SDB program and the related Veteran-owned Small Businesses program.

I look forward to working with you to advance this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1804