Overview of the Dynamic Between the Defense Production Act and Small Contractors, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure of the Committee on Small Business, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, June 24, 2020 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is the June 24, 2020 hearing "Overview of the Dynamic Between the Defense Production Act and Small Contractors," held before the House Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure of the Committee on Small Business. From the opening statement of Jared Golden: "The Defense Production Act, or DPA, was enacted 70 years ago, after the outbreak of the Korean War, in an effort to spur industrial production to meet wartime needs. At that time, the Nation was ill prepared for another war following World War II. To bolster our country's defense infrastructure, the President requested authorities to mobilize our domestic industry to increase production of military equipment and much needed supplies. Since then, its authorities have been expanded to include a number of purposes, including emergency preparedness and response. [...] [T]oday's hearing will serve as an opportunity to examine the DPA and its main authorities, including those provisions in the law that establish a preference for small firms. Additionally, we hope to discuss potential legislative measures to strengthen the DPA for small businesses. Finally, we wish to hear more about the challenges that small businesses are facing due to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and how leveraging Title III authorities could provide substantial relief." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Ian Patterson, David Black, Mary Lockhart, and Traci Tapani.
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