Construction Set-asides, 1963: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Banking and Currency, United States Senate, Eighty-eighth Congress, First Session, on S. 757, Bills [sic] to Amend the Small Business Act to Provide that the Program Under which Government Contracts are Set Aside for Small Business Concerns Shall Not Apply in the Case of Contracts for Maintenance, Repair, Or Construction, May 7,8, and 9, 1963

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Considers legislation to exempt government construction contracts from the SBA set-aside program.
 

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Page 62 - The essence of the American economic system of private enterprise is free competition. Only through full and free competition can free markets, free entry into business, and opportunities for the expression and growth of personal initiative and individual judgment be assured. The preservation and expansion of such competition is basic not only to the economic wellbeing but to the security of this Nation. Such security and well-being cannot be realized unless the actual and potential capacity of small...
Page 174 - Government should aid, counsel, assist, and protect, insofar as is possible, the interests of small business concerns in order to preserve free competitive enterprise, to insure that a fair proportion of the total purchases and contracts or subcontracts for property and services for the Government (including but not limited to contracts or subcontracts for maintenance, repair, and construction) be placed with small business enterprises, to insure that a fair proportion of the total sales of Government...
Page 174 - It is the declared policy of the Congress that the Government should aid, counsel, assist, and protect insofar as is possible the interests of small-business concerns in order to preserve free competitive enterprise...
Page 30 - Small Business Subcontracting Program and bring any deficiencies to the attention of the contractor's designated liaison officer with a request for corrective action.
Page 141 - Government's total purchases, would thereby help to maintain a healthy community of small firms and, hence, would assure the existence of a broadly competitive industry. (2) It is obvious that the effect of the reservation of any procurement for competition exclusively for small business firms, pursuant to the Small Business Act, potentially rules out lower bids of large business firms. Therefore, it Is impossible to tell whether, or the extent to which, there might have been lower bids from large...
Page 114 - I am not even figuring any Federal work. And that was the nature of all my work previously. Personally, I think the SBA- — I have no argument with SBA, no fight with them — are doing a splendid job in many instances. But there is one thing I disagree with on what they are doing, and that is this set-aside. I just do not think it is fair. I do not think it is fair to tell me today that I am small, tomorrow that I may be large, or any of those things. If they want to loan some of the people money,...
Page 125 - I would like to introduce in the record at this time a letter from the Mechanical Contractors Association of America.
Page 140 - If this economic determination is made, the procurement shall be set aside for exclusive small business participation where there Is a reasonable expectation that bids or proposals will be obtained from a sufficient number of small business concerns so that awards will be made at reasonable prices.
Page 5 - Governmentwide small business program has had the support of Congress and successive administrations for many years. This was done in the belief that a healthy small business community is an essential ingredient in a sound national economy. Evidently, therefore, the Congress intended by enactment of the Small Business Act that the set-aside program would provide one means of enabling small firms to receive a fair proportion of the Government's total purchases, would thereby help to maintain a healthy...
Page 91 - The undersigned agrees, if awarded the contract, to commence the work within calendar days after the date of receipt of notice to proceed, and to complete the work within calendar days after the date of receipt of notice to proceed.

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