The Small Business Advocate Act of 2012 (H.R. 3851) is a January 2012 bill that was just ordered to be reported by voice vote. This piece of legislation takes the small business advocate at the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), and instead of it being a secondary duty, it creates a new job title of senior acquisition leader, which elevates their position in the organization and gives them a little more administrative power. This is a good thing in all respects, giving the OSDBU more respect and giving small business owners a single point of contact – someone whose only job is to advocate for small business.
This bill was sponsored by Small Business Committee Chairman Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) and is definitely one to watch.