Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Unlocking Opportunities: Recidivism versus Fair Competition in Federal Contracting
The hearing specifically addressed whether contracting preferences provided to Federal Prison Industries, commonly known as UNICOR, unfairly disadvantage small businesses competing for federal contracts. Small businesses argue that they are unfairly prejudiced when UNICOR is allowed to compete for small business set-aside contracts, while UNICOR cites reduced rates of recidivism for prisoners working on UNICOR contracts. The Subcommittee examined both arguments as well as potential legislative solutions, including H.R. 3634, the Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2011.
Opening Statement:Chairman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Witnesses and Testimony:Panel 1