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Hickenlooper Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Help Small Businesses Compete for Federal Contracts

Feb 22, 2024

WASHINGTON – Recently, U.S. Senators John Hickenlooper and Jim Risch introduced the Simplifying Subcontracting Act legislation to make it easier for small businesses to apply for contracts with the federal government.

“Small businesses deserve an equal playing field to work as government subcontractors,” said Hickenlooper. “Plain, readable language will help more small businesses compete for these contracts.”

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, yet many are left out when it comes to federal government subcontracting due to excessively complicated language,” said Risch. “Congress can easily fix this with the Simplifying Subcontracting Act. My legislation would require the federal government to communicate in plain language, not bureaucrat, in order to open the door for more small businesses to compete for these contracts.”

The Simplifying Subcontracting Act, true to its name, is a simple, one-page bill that would require prime contractors to use plain, understandable language when offering subcontracting opportunities. Government contracts often contain highly technical and specialized language that can deter small businesses from interacting with the government contracting space.

Full text of the Simplifying Subcontracting Act available HERE.


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