Bureaucrats that fail to meet goals for including small businesses in the federal contracting process would be barred from taking sabbaticals the following year, under legislation that U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, announced Wednesday.
Owens announced that he and House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., introduced H.R. 3850, the Government Efficiency Through Small Business Contract Act of 2012.
The legislation would increase from 23 to 25 percent the government-wide goal for the portion of federal contracts awarded to small businesses.
It also introduces penalties on agencies and executives if contract goals are not met.
For example, agencies that fail to report their contract awards 120 days after the end of the prior fiscal year would be barred from carrying out any pilot programs in the subsequent year. And senior executives at federal agencies that fail to achieve their small business goal would be barred from taking sabbaticals the following year or receiving any incentive awards.
Congress set a goal in 1997 that 23 percent of all federal contracts would be awarded to small businesses. But there are no penalties for failing to meet that goal, according to a press release from Owens' office.