House-Passed Defense Bill Includes AGC Priorities

Change Order Reform; Accelerated Payment to Small Business and More
This week, the House of Representative overwhelmingly passed (351-66) the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (House NDAA). The Senate Armed Services Committee is currently marking up its version of the NDAA (Senate NDAA) and is expected to finish before the end of this week. The House NDAA contains a host of AGC-backed federal construction procurement provisions important to construction contractors. Once the Senate NDAA is passed, the House and Senate will go to conference.
As previously reported, the House NDAA bill includes several AGC-backed federal procurement reform provisions, such as requiring federal agencies to accelerate payment to small businesses, requiring federal agencies to publish their change orders policy and procedures on any small federal construction contract, and addressing the shortage in acquisition workforce by expanding the hiring authority for the federal agency.
Additionally, the House NDAA authorizes $11.3 billion for military construction, including family housing, and other infrastructure projects. AGC will continue to monitor the NDAA as it makes its way through the legislative process, and will advocate for further reforms in Congress.
For more information, contact Jordan Howard at Jordan.Howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368.


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