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S.J. Res. 6 - Sen. Nickles (R-OK) Provides for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, relating to ergonomics 3/20/01 - Signed by the President and became Public Law No. 107-5
S. 187 - Sen. Snowe (R-ME)
Small Business Enhancement Act of 2001
Establishes the position of Assistant United States Trade Representative for Small Business 1/25/01 - Referred to the Senate Committees on the Budget and Governmental Affairs
S. 336 - Sen. Bond (R-MO)
H.R. 656 - Rep. Herger (R-CA)
Cash Accounting for Small Business Act of 2001
Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow use of cash accounting method for certain small businesses 2/14/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance
2/14/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
S. 395 - Sen. Bond (R-MO)
Independent Office of Advocacy Act of 2001
Ensures the independence and nonpartisan operation of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration 3/26/01 - Passed in the Senate, as amended
3/27/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Small Business
S. 396 - Sen. Bond (R-MO)
White House Quadrennial Small Business Summit Act of 2001
Provides for national quadrennial summits on small business and State summits on small business, and establishes the White House Quadrennial Commission on Small Business 2/28/01 - Ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Small Business
S. 397 - McCain (R-AZ)
H.R. 1820 - Snyder (D-AZ)
Military Infrastructure Transportation Act of 2001
Authorizes additional rounds of defense base closures and realignments under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 in 2003 and 2005 2/27/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services
5/10/01 - Referred to the House Committees on Armed Services and Rules
S. 429 - Sen. Clinton (D-NY)
H.R. 1417 - Rep. Hinchey (D-NY)
Technology Extension Act of 2001
Expands the Manufacturing Extension Program to bring the new economy to small and medium-sized businesses 3/1/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
S. 766 - Sen. Hutchinson (R-AR) Imposes notification and reporting requirements in connection with grants of waivers of the limitation on certain procurements of the Department of Defense that is known as the Berry amendment 4/24/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Armed Services
S. 798 - Sen. Lieberman (D-CT)
Productivity, Opportunity, and Prosperity Act of 2001
Allows small business employers certain credits against income tax 4/30/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance
S. 842 - Feingold (D-WI)
H.R. 1764 - Strickland (D-OH)
Public Safety Act
Ensures that the incarceration of inmates is not provided by private contractors or vendors and that persons charged or convicted of an offense against the United States shall be housed in facilities managed and maintained by Federal, State, or local governments 5/8/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
5/8/01 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
S. 849 - Bond (R-MO)
Agency Accountability Act of 2001
Ensures full analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules proposed by certain agencies 5/9/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Small Business
S. 856 - Kerry (D-MA)
H.R. 1860 - Ehlers (R-MI)
Small Business Technology Transfer Program Reauthorization Act of 2001
Reauthorizes the Small Business Technology Transfer Program 6/21/01 - Hearing held by the Senate Committee on Small Business
5/16/01 - Referred to the House Committees on Small Business and Science
7/19/01 - Ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Small Business
8/1/01 - Ordered reported by the House Committee on Small Business
9/13/01 - Passed in the Senate, as amended
9/13/01 - Passed in the Senate, as amended
10/15/01 - Signed by the President and became Public Law No. 107-50
S. 861 - Sen. Bond (R-MO)
Governmentwide Mentor-Protege Program Act of 2001
Enhances small business access to Federal contracting opportunities and provides technical advice and support that small businesses need to perform contracts awarded to them 5/10/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Small Business
S. 962 - Hutchinson (R-AR)
H.R. 2055 - Sam Johnson (R-TX)
Government Neutrality in Contracting Act
Preserves open competition and Federal Government neutrality towards the labor relations of Federal Government contractors on Federal and federally funded construction projects 5/24/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
6/5/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Government Reform
S. 1064 - Bond (R-MO)
H.R. 1831 - Gillmor (R-OH)
Small Business Liability Protection Act
Amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to provide certain relief from liability for small businesses
6/19/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
5/22/01 - Agreed to in the House
S. 1152 - Durbin (D-IL)
H.R. 721 - Wynn (D-MD)
Truthfulness, Responsibility, and Accountability in Contracting Act
Ensures that the business of the federal government is conducted in the public interest and in a manner that provides for public accountability, efficient delivery of services, reasonable cost savings, and prevention of unwarranted government expenses 6/29/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
2/14/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Government Reform
S. 1228 - Thurmond (R-SC)
H.R. 1535 - Wolf (R-VA)
Federal Inmate Work Act of 2001
Authorizes pilot projects under which private companies in the United States may use federal inmate labor to produce items that would otherwise be produced by foreign labor, and revises the authorities and operations of Federal Prison Industries
7/24/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
4/4/01 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary

S. 1295 - Levin (D-MI)
Revises the requirements for procurement of products of Federal Prison Industries to meet the needs of federal agencies
8/1/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary
S. 1472 - Kerry (D-MA)
Small Business Procurement Competition Act of 2001
Promotes the involvement of small business concerns and small business joint ventures in certain types of procurement contracts, and establishes the Small Business Procurement Competition Program
9/26/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
S. 1493 - Bond (R-MO)
Small Business Leads to Economic Recovery Act of 2001
Forgives interest payments for a 2-year period on certain disaster loans to small business concerns in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and provides tax relief for small business concerns 10/3/01- Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance
S. 1499 - Kerry (D-MA)
American Small Business Emergency Relief and Recovery Act of 2001
Provides assistance to small business concerns adversely impacted by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 10/9/01 - Placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar
S. 1507 - Collins (R-ME)
Small Business Growth and Worker Assistance Act of 2001
Provides for small business growth and worker assistance. 10/4/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance
S. 1670 - Kerry (D-MA)
Small Business Venture Capital Act of 2001
Amends the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 with respect to subsidy fees 11/9/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
S. 1676 - Kerry (D-MA)
Affordable Small Business Stimulus Act of 2001
Provides tax relief for small businesses 11/13/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Finance
H.R. 203 - Rep. Sweeney (R-NY)
National Small Business Regulatory Assistance Act of 2001
Directs the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a pilot program to provide regulatory compliance assistance to small business concerns 1/3/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Small Business
8/1/01 - Ordered reported, as amended, by the House Committee on Small Business
9/21/01 - Report filed by the House Committee on Small Business
10/2/01 - Passed in the House
10/3/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
H.R. 327 - Rep. Burton (R-IN)
Small Business Paperwork Relief Act
Facilitates compliance by small businesses with certain Federal paperwork requirements and establishes a task force to examine the feasibility of streamlining paperwork requirements applicable to small businesses 3/15/01 - Passed in the House, as amended
3/15/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs
H.R. 524 - Rep. Barcia (D-MI)
Electronic Commerce Enhancement Act of 2001
Requires the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers and other such businesses to successfully integrate and utilize electronic commerce technologies and business practices 2/14/01 - Passed in the House
2/14/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
H.R. 588 - Rep. Mink (D-HI)
Fairness to Local Contractors Act
Provides authorities to, and imposes requirements on, the Secretary of Defense in order to facilitate State enforcement of State tax, employment, and licensing laws against Federal construction contractors 2/13/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services
H.R. 657 - Rep. Herger (R-CA)
Small Business Expensing Improvement Act of 2001
Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the depreciation benefits available to small businesses 2/14/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
H.R. 721 - Wynn (D-MD)
Truthfulness, Responsibility, and Accountability in Contracting Act

S. 1152 - Durbin (D-IL)
Ensures that the business of the Federal Government is conducted in the public interest and in a manner that provides for public accountability, efficient delivery of services, reasonable cost savings, and prevention of unwarranted Government expenses 6/29/01 - Referred to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs

2/14/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Government Reform
H.R. 749 - Rep. Kelly (R-NY)
Paperwork Elimination Act of 2001
Attempts to minimize the burden of Federal paperwork demands upon small businesses, educational and nonprofit institutions, Federal contractors, State and local governments, and other persons through the sponsorship and use of alternative information technologies 2/27/01 - Referred to the House Committees on Government Reform and Small Business
H.R. 750 - Rep. Kelly (R-NY)
Small Business Review Panel Technical Amendments of 2001
Attempts to ensure full analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules proposed by certain agencies 2/27/01 - Referred to the House Committees on the Judiciary and Small Business
H.R. 779 - Rep. Cunningham (R-CA) Removes certain restrictions on participation in the demonstration project conducted by the Secretary of Defense to provide health care for Medicare-eligible Department of Defense beneficiaries under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program 2/28/01 -  Referred to the House Committees on Armed Services and Government Reform
H.R. 1113 - Rep. E.B. Johnson (D-TX)
Small Business Loan Oversight Improvement Act
Directs the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish an office within the Administration to conduct oversight of certain loan programs 3/20/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Small Business
H.R. 1324 - Rep. Velazquez (D-IL)
Small Business Contract Equity Act of 2001
Requires Federal agencies to follow certain procedures with respect to the bundling of procurement contract requirements 3/29/01 -  Referred to the House Committees on Government Reform and Small Business
H.R. 1360 - George Miller (D-CA)
Ensures project labor agreements are permitted in certain circumstances, including government contracting 4/3/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
H.R. 1535 - Rep. Wolf (R-VA)
Federal Inmate Work Act of 2001
Authorizes pilot projects under which private companies in the United States may use Federal inmate labor to produce items that would otherwise be produced by foreign labor, and revises the authorities and operations of Federal Prison Industries 4/4/01 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
H.R. 1577 - Rep. Hoekstra (R-MI)
Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2001
Requires Federal Prison Industries to compete for its contracts and to fully and timely perform its Government contracts by empowering Federal contracting officers with the contract administration tools generally available to assure full and timely performance of other Government contracts, enhances the opportunities for effective public participation in decisions to expand the activities of Federal Prison Industries, and provides to Federal agencies temporary preferential contract award authority to ease the transition of Federal Prison Industries to obtaining inmate work opportunites through other than its mandatory source status 4/24/01 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
6/6/01 - Hearing held by the House Committee on Small Business
H.R. 1691 - Weldon (R-FL)
Service Contract Health Security Act
Amends the Service Contract Act of 1965 to provide for the responsibility in certain cases of a parent corporation of a federal contractor to provide health care benefits to retired employees of the contractor if the contractor fails to provide such benefits
5/2/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
H.R. 1782 - Manzullo (R-IL)
Small Business Export Enhancement Act of 2001
Provides for the position of Assistant United States Trade Representative for Small Business 5/9/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
H.R. 1859 - Kanjorski (D-PA)
Construction Quality Assurance Act of 2001
Assures quality and best value with respect to federal construction projects by prohibiting the practice known as bid shopping 5/16/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Government Reform
H.R. 1970 - McNulty (D-NY)
Authorizes Army arsenals to undertake to fulfill orders or contracts for articles or services in advance of the receipt of payment under certain circumstances 5/23/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services
H.R. 2082 - Moore (D-KS)
Small Business Health Insurance Expansion Act of 2001
Provides tax incentives to encourage small business health plans 6/6/01 - referred to the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Small Business
H.R. 2094 - Ballenger (R-NC)
Davis-Bacon Modernization Act
Amends the Davis-Bacon Act to increase the threshold contract amount specified in the Act 6/7/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce
H.R. 2111 - Quinn (R-NY)
Small Business Tax Fairness Act of 2001
Provides tax benefits for small businesses and increases the minimum wage 6/7/01 - Referred to the House Committees on Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce
H.R. 2189 - Johnson (R-CT)
Allows the use of completed contract method of accounting in the case of certain long-term naval vessel construction contracts
6/14/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
H.R. 2227 - Gonzalez (D-TX)
Gives certain rights to Department of Defense employees with respect to actions or determinations under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 6/19/01 - Referred to the House Committees on Armed Services, Government Reform, and the Judiciary
H.R. 2309 - Calvert (R-CA) Provides loans to eligible small business concerns for energy costs 6/26/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Small Business
H.R. 2547 - Burton (R-IN)
Erroneous Payments Recovery Act of 2001
Requires certain executive agencies to carry out a cost-effective program for identifying any errors made in paying contractors and for recovering any amounts erroneously paid to contractors 7/18/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Government Reform
H.R. 2681 - Andrews (D-NJ)
Davis-Bacon Enforcement Act of 2001
Amends the Davis-Bacon Act to provide that a contractor under that Act who has repeated violations of the Act shall have its contract with the United States canceled and to require the disclosure under freedom of information provisions of federal law of certain payroll information under contracts subject to the Davis-Bacon Act 7/31/01 - Referred to the House Committees on Education and the Workforce and Government Reform
H.R. 2689 - Manzullo (R-IL)
Increases the value of the assistance that the Secretary of Defense may furnish to carry out certain procurement technical assistance programs which operate on a statewide basis
7/31/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services
H.R. 2754 - Green (R-WI)
Amends title 18, United States Code, to reform Federal Prison Industries
8/2/01 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary
H.R. 2867 - Velazquez (D-NY)
Small Business Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2001
Requires the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to submit certain disagreements to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for resolution, and establishes a minimum period for the solicitation of offers for a bundled contract
9/6/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Small Business
H.R. 3011 - Velazquez (D-NY)
Small Business Emergency Relief Act of 2001
Authorizes the SBA Administrator to make loans to certain concerns that suffered economic and other injury as result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 10/3/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Small Business
H.R.3062 - DeMint (R-SC)
Business Retained Income During Growth and Expansion (BRIDGE) Act of 2001
Allows certain small businesses to defer payment of tax 10/9/01 - Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means
H.R. 3159 - Wynn (D-MD) Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to provide economic benefits to small businesses 10/17/01 - Referred to the House Committees on Ways and Means, Government Reform, and Small Business
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Laws & Regs in the Works
Date in FR Agency Action Description Important Dates
1/23/01 DOD, GSA, NASA Notice Extends information collection requirement concerning subcontracting plans and subcontract reporting by federal contractors Comments sought; no due date
1/24/01 White House Memorandum Provides for review of regulations scheduled to take effect after 1/20/01; delays implementation of these regulations Varies by rule
4/3/01 DOD, GSA, NASA Interim and proposed rule Interim rule suspends the governmentwide contractor responsibility rule (Ablacklisting [email protected]);
Proposed rule revokes the rule
4/3/01 - Interim rule effective
6/4/01 - Comments due on proposed rule
4/17/01 GAO Notice Announces members of newly-formed Commercial Activities Panel, which will study outsourcing and contracting out by the federal government 4/16/01 - Effective date of notice
5/7/01 - Comments asked for by this date (although will accept after 5/7)
4/18/01 DOL Notice Assists contractors and subcontractors to meet obligations with respect to employee rights concerning payment of union dues and fees 4/18/01 - Effective date of notice
4/23/01 OSHA Final rule Removal of ergonomics program standard following congressional disapproval (S.J. Res. 6) None
5/8/01 DOT Notice of proposed rulemaking Proposal of revisions to DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program 6/7/01 - Comments due
5/15/01 DOD Notice Proposes an information collection requirement allowing offerors to submit Single Process Initiative processes as alternatives to military or federal specifications and standards in DOD solicitations for previously developed items None
5/15/01 DOD, GSA, NASA Correction Clarifies definition of Aperformance-based [email protected] to structure all aspects of an acquisition around the purpose of the work None
5/16/01 GSA Interim rule Implements executive orders restricting use of project labor agreements and repealing effort to protect jobs of certain janitorial workers 7/16/01 - Comments due on proposed rule
5/24/01 EPA Final rule Makes administrative changes consistent with FAR regulations including changes to EPA mentor-protege program and small disadvantaged business enterprise program 5/24/01 - Effective date of final rule
6/8/01 DOD, GSA, NASA Notice Extends information collection requirement concerning approvals for prime contractor make or buy contracts 8/7/01 - Comments due
7/2/01 GAO Notice Proposes draft revisions to Government Accounting Standards 7/30/01 - Comments due
7/2/01 OMB Proposed change Proposed change to OMB Circular A-76 that would expand public-private competition by requiring competitions every three to five years 8/16/01 - Comments due
7/2/01 OMB Notice Extends comment period on OMB=s draft report to Congress on costs and benefits of federal regulations 8/15/01 - Comments due
7/13/01 Army Final rule Removes contractor manhour reporting requirement issued on December 26, 2000, pending approval by the director of defense procurement and the OMB 7/13/01 - Effective date of final rule
7/27/01 DOD, GSA, NASA Proposed rule Clarifies use of the term "United States" in the FAR and substitutes more consistent terminology for geographic application of FAR policies and procedures 9/25/01 - Comments due
10/1/01 DOD Final rule Extends of memorandum of understanding between DOD and SBA to 12/31/01 whereby DOD can award contracts directly through the 8(a) program instead of awarding them through the SBA 10/1/01 - Effective date of final rule
10/1/01 DOL Proposed rule Implements Executive Order 13, 201, which requires federal contractors and subcontractors to post notices informing employees that they are not required to join, or maintain membership in, a union in order to keep their jobs 11/30/01 - Comments due
10/22/01 DOD, GSA, NASA Interim rule Issues interim rules regarding the Federal Acquisition Circular, including Davis-Bacon Act application, acquisition of commercial items, and the Very Small Business Pilot Program 10/22/01 - Effective date of interim rule
1/21/02 - Comments due
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