Kathleen Rice (Democrat – New York) introduced H.R. 974 to authorize the Department of Veterans Affairs, when awarding contracts, to give preference to applicants based on the percentage of the offeror’s full-time employees who are veterans. The bill also allows the VA to ban a contractor for at least 5 years if they are found to willfully misrepresent the veteran status if its employees.

BILL STATUS

The bill was introduced to the House of Representatives on February 7, 2017 and referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. The bill was presented to the House floor on February 13, 2017 and was passed by a role call vote of 407-0.

BILL SUMMARY

The “Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment Act” or the “BRAVE Act” amends title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to give a preference to contractors that employ veterans when awarding a contract for the procurement of goods or services.

The preference can be based on the percentage of employees at the contractor who are veterans.

The amendment allows the VA to ban contractors from providing goods and services if they’re found to willfully misrepresent the veteran status for no less than 5 years.

COSPONSORS

Paul Cook (Republican -California)

Mark Takano (Democrat – California)

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