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Architects Hail Inclusion of Small Business Protection Act in Defense Authorization Conference Report

      Contact: John Schneidawind

      For immediate release:
      Washington, D.C., December 20, 2012 –
      The American Institute of Architects today issued the following statement on the inclusion of the Small Business Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 3987) into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2013 (H.R. 4310) legislation conference report now headed to the House and Senate for a vote. Please attribute to AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA:

      “Passage of this legislation has been a top priority of the AIA since it was introduced by Representatives Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) earlier this year.

      “The inclusion of H. R. 3987 into the NDAA prevents the U.S. Small Business Administration from unilaterally changing the size standards it uses to determine how it awards federal contracts to small businesses, including architects, and it safeguards the interests of small business by ensuring that the SBA cannot combine industries into a single size standard when their size does not warrant such a move.

      “We want to thank Rep. Walsh and Rep. Connolly for introducing this bill and for advocating so strongly for its passage. We urge both houses of Congress to pass it and the White House to sign it as soon as possible.”

      The AIA and its members were instrumental in convincing the SBA earlier this year to abandon its proposal to group architecture with multiple other engineering and construction industries into a single size standard of $19 million in annual gross receipts. That increase would have represented a nearly 400 percent increase over the old architecture size standard of $4.5 million, and would have redefined nearly 98 percent of American architecture firms as small. Such an increase would have effectively locked many small firms out of the federal procurement market.

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