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Gulf Coast Small Business Recovery Act introduced in the House.

On October 6, 2005, Representative Bobby Jindal introduced the "Gulf Coast Small Business Recovery Act" (the "Act"). According to the text of the proposed legislation, the Act provides priority in federal contracting for businesses in areas termed disaster areas following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Specifically, Section 2 of the Act notes the federal government, in the procurement of goods and services, must set aside certain allotments for small businesses. The head of a federal department or agency must, in the procurement or reconstruction process following the damage caused by Katrina or Rita, award to small businesses at least 30 percent of funds for prime contracts and ensure that the prime contractor award at least 40 percent of subcontracts to small businesses. The text of the proposed legislation provides that Section 2 terminates on the date that is one day after the affected areas are no longer officially termed "Federal Disaster Areas." Finally, Section 4 of the Act establishes a prohibition on the permanent relocation of federal facilities from gulf hurricane disaster-affected areas to "outside areas." If a federal facility were as temporarily relocated for a period of at least six months as a result of the gulf hurricanes, the head of the relocated department or agency must submit certain reports to the House Committee on Government Reform and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. A report that notes the status of the temporary relocation must be submitted no later than six months after the facility was relocated. Additionally, subsequent reports must be submitted to the aforementioned committees every six months that the temporary relocation remains in effect. (H.R. 3988)

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Title Annotation:Legislation
Publication:Contract Management
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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