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H.R. 7206 - ESOP Business Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-11-30
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7206


    To amend titles 41 and 10 of the United States Code to establish certain procurement procedures with respect to businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 30, 2018

    Mr. Bucshon introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To amend titles 41 and 10 of the United States Code to establish certain procurement procedures with respect to businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be referred to as the “ESOP Business Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP—

(A) offer unique benefits to the United States and to customers of such businesses;

(B) provide better retirement security, work culture, and wage growth for workers; and

(C) reduce wealth inequality among managers and employees.

(2) Current Federal contracting laws may inadvertently exclude businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP from key projects.

(3) The growth of the number businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP benefits employees of such businesses.

SEC. 3. Sense of Congress.

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1) businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP are beneficial to the economy;

(2) Congress should provide incentives for businesses to become businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP; and

(3) businesses wholly-owned through an ESOP should be rewarded through the Federal contracting process for the benefits that such businesses provide.

SEC. 4. Full and open contract competition for businesses wholly-Owned through an ESOP.

(a) Full and open contract competition.—Section 3301 of title 41, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), by inserting “in subsection (d) and” before “in sections 3303, 3304(a), and 3305”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(d) Businesses wholly-Owned through an ESOP.—A business wholly-owned through an ESOP may submit a bid to an executive agency conducting a procurement for property or services under section 3303, 3304(a), or 3305.”.

(b) Use of noncompetitive procedures.—Section 3304(b) of title 41, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by striking “or” after “procurement;”;

(2) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking the period and inserting “; or”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(3) a follow-on contract for a contract awarded to a business wholly-owned through an ESOP if the executive agency rates the performance of such business on the original contract as satisfactory or better in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (or a successor system).”.

(c) Definition of business wholly-Owned through an ESOP.—

(1) TITLE 10.—Section 2302 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(10) The term ‘business wholly-owned through an ESOP’ has the meaning given the term in section 117 of title 41.”.

(2) TITLE 41.—Chapter 1 of title 41, United States Code, is amended by adding after section 116 the following new section:

§ 117. Business wholly-owned through an ESOP

“In this subtitle, the term ‘business wholly-owned through an ESOP’ means a business for which 100 percent of the outstanding stock is held through an employee stock ownership plan (as defined in section 4795(e)(7) of title 26).”.

(d) Pricing preference.—Section 2304 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(m) For a contract awarded pursuant to this section, the head of the agency may enter into a contract with a business wholly-owned through an ESOP using a price evaluation preference not in excess of 10 percent when evaluating an offer received from such a business.”.

(e) Inclusion in contract goals.—Section 2323(a) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(4) For the purposes of this subsection, a business wholly-owned through an ESOP shall be considered a small business concern.”.


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