House Committee Releases Annual Defense Bill

AGC Change Order and Contractor Payment Priorities Included
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly (60-1) reported the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (House NDAA) out of the House Armed Services Committee. The House NDAA contains a host of AGC-backed federal construction procurement provisions important to construction contractors. The bill now goes to the floor for amendments and a final vote in the House.
The final legislation features the following AGC procurement wins:

  • Section 852: Requires federal agencies to accelerate payment to small businesses, so that   agencies must now pay the small business within 15 days of receiving a proper invoice;

  • Section 855: Requires federal agencies to publish their change orders policy and procedures for any small federal construction contract. This bill provides prospective federal construction contractors with the information they need to factor into their bids;

  • Section 875:  This section will help address the shortage in acquisition workforce by expanding the hiring authority of the federal agency where there is a shortage of acquisition personnel.

AGC will continue to monitor the NDAA as it heads for a floor vote in the both houses of Congress, and will continue to advocate for further reforms in Congress.
For more information, contact Jordan Howard at [email protected] or (703) 837-5368.

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