Government contracting bills advance | Business

Bills aimed at increasing federal contracting opportunities for small businesses are getting closer to final congressional approval.

The House last week passed the legislation and sent it to the Senate as part of a defense spending bill for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. One contracting bill details the job descriptions of commercial market representatives, government employees who help large companies find small businesses to work on contracts. A second spells out the job descriptions for business opportunity specialists, who give advice to small businesses that seek to be contractors.

Contracting legislation, which generally has had bipartisan support in Congress, has been included annually in defense spending bills that became law in recent years.

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