Federal design-build proposal could make it easier for small businesses to land government contracts

Pending bill would require government agencies to use a two-step process when seeking design-build contracts worth more than $750,000.

The Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act, a bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, would streamline the bid and proposal process by requiring government agencies to use a two-step process when seeking design-build contracts for projects worth more than $750,000.

In addition, agencies would only be able to solicit more than five bids if they could justify the reason to do so in writing. Lawmakers say the measure would help small businesses compete for federal contracts.

(http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20131203/FACILITIES01/312030010/Lawmakers-Design-build-contracts-must-streamlined?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p)

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