DOD's Bundling Approach Harms Small Businesses: Panel

Law360, New York (January 17, 2012, 10:02 PM EST) -- While the U.S. Department of Defense has improved its efforts to bring small business contractors into the fold, its practice of bundling many small tasks into a single large contract can shut small businesses out of competition and deny them opportunities, a panel told Congress on Tuesday.

At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the contracting challenges faced by small- and mid-sized businesses, small business owner and industry representative Linda Hilmer said that the Pentagon's focus on the convenience offered by indefinite-delivery/indefinite-supply contracts appeared to...
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