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Project Labor Agreements reduce competition, increase costs for taxpayers, and add layers of bureaucracy and red tape to federal construction projects. Creating a formal federal process for imposing these Depression-era mandates on construction projects may be a win for special interests, but it... Keep Reading

Agencies frequently combine contracts into a single large contract that pushes small businesses out of the competition for a contract. Small businesses that could have completed the requirements of the smaller contract are no longer able to compete when other contracts are bundled in, creating... Keep Reading

Anti-small business policies cost small businesses hundreds of millions each year in government contract opportunities. Through these harmful policies small businesses are being shut out of the process.

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Small-business goals are often met by government agencies, while large businesses are receiving more contracts. The federal government is not enforcing laws against fraud and abuse of the procurement process. Documented in a 2003 report: DOE Inspector General's office found DOE prime contracts... Keep Reading

Goals mandated by Congress are consistently missed by the federal government. In 2002 small businesses missed out on an estimated $900 million in contracting opportunities because the federal government did not ensure an open competition for contracts. In 2003 small businesses lost out on an... Keep Reading

Until recent efforts by NAGC reversed accepted practice, the federal government failed to meet the provisions of the Small Business Act that require agencies to meet statutory government-wide goals for government contracting. Each year, the contract report required by law demonstrated that... Keep Reading

One of the major challenges confronting small business is the complex and overwhelming nature of federal regulations. It has been estimated that small businesses experience a nearly 50 percent greater burden than large business counterparts.

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Many disabled veterans opt to start their own business. The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act (P.L. 106-50) was intended to help alleviate many of the challenges that veterans (especially disabled veterans) face when looking for small business assistance.

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The Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 was initially introduced in 1927. It is named after James Davis, a Senator from Pennsylvania and a former Secretary of Labor under three presidents, and Representative Robert L. Bacon of Long Island, New York.

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