NDAA Improves Subcontracting Opportunities for Federal Contractors in 2013

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The Federal Government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is reenforcing subcontracting opportunities by closely monitoring prime contractors that offer subcontracting plans. According to FAR 52.219-9 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), prime contractors must make specific outreach efforts to small business subcontractors in order to remain compliant with the law. Now Section 1653 of the NDAA is formally improving the efforts subcontractors are given to work for prime contractors in 2013.

Section 1653 of the NDAA is targeting top prime contractors who have been overly selective with their subcontracting vendor choices. The NDAA has commissioned the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop a reporting system that allows subcontractors to report fraud or ‘bad faith’ considered dealings with prime contractors. The new system will generate more awards and invite registered contractors into the subcontracting realm. Now this new alteration, thanks to Section 1653, gives subcontractors legal justification to be awarded these much needed contracts.


Tracking down prime government contractors for individual markets can be a difficult task.Contractors have been reaching out to US Federal Contractor Registration, the world’s largest third party registration firm (USFCR) to become registered in System for Award Management and receive a list of the top prime contractors in their industry for subcontracting work. USFCR provides federal government marketing to connect contractors with federal procurement officers around the nation. USFCR’s innovative government marketing strategies are extremely valuable to contractors seeking government contracts. Contractors must be registered in System for Award Management in order to be eligible for government contracts and subcontracting opportunities.


Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration commented, “I think it is great that the Federal Government has started to improve the opportunities for businesses involved in subcontracting. Last year, over $109 billion went to just the top five prime contractors in government contracting. Just those five businesses alone will have an enormous amount of subcontracting awards available for small business contractors. Small business contractors often overlook subcontracting and I always question why. Most of these prime contractors are making billions and pay just as much as the federal government for some projects. I urge every small business contractor to explore subcontracting. I truly feel you will be pleasantly surprised with what you will find. If you need assistance, USFCR is always here to guide you in the right direction with your government registration and available subcontracting opportunities. We want to make sure your business not only survives but thrives.”

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