Joyce, Ross Introduce Bill to Assist Small Businesses with Federal Contracts

Jul 26, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) and Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) introduced the Project Spectrum Authorization Act. Project Spectrum, a program that operates within the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Information, was created under the Trump Administration to improve cybersecurity readiness, resiliency, and compliance for small and medium sized businesses looking to contract with the Department of Defense. This legislation would formally authorize Project Spectrum into law, ensuring that it has the stability and continuity needed to continue to support small businesses.

“Small businesses have had increasing difficulty in securing contracts from the federal government, specifically the Department of Defense, due to complicated, but necessary, requirements,” said Congressman Joyce. “This legislation will help small businesses fulfill these requirements by providing the cybersecurity information, tools and training necessary to comply with Defense Department contracting standards. This will allow smaller U.S. operators in Ohio and across the country to better compete with large corporations for federal contracts and funding.”

“In an increasingly digital world, it’s critical to ensure our small businesses and other institutions are equipped to address any cyber threat,” said Congresswoman Ross. “By providing small businesses with the necessary cybersecurity training, congressional authorization of Project Spectrum will create more resilient supply chains, bolster our national security, and drive innovation and competition. I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan bill with Congressman Joyce, and I will keep fighting to see it signed into law.”


  • In 2020, the federal government spent just 26% of its contracting budget on small businesses, and the number of small businesses receiving contracts from the federal government continues to plummet. 
  • According to National Equity Atlas, many small and medium-sized enterprises miss out of contracting opportunities with the federal government because they struggle to meet the necessary qualifications and requirements enforced by the federal government on prospective contractors. 
  • Due to complicated, albeit necessary, cybersecurity and clearance requirements, fewer small and medium sized businesses are receiving contracts from the Pentagon. 
  • Project Spectrum, created under the Trump Administration, was stood-up in part to assist small and medium sized businesses with meeting the cybersecurity requirements necessary to be considered in the DoD contracting process.

Recent Posts

Feb 12, 2024

Joyce, Rouzer, Pallone, Sykes Introduce Bill to Preserve America’s Beaches

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH-14), David Rouzer (R-NC-07), Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), and Emilia Sykes (D-OH-13) reintroduced the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act. The funding provided through this bill helps state and local governments test, monitor, and identify contamination in recreational waters, such as the Great Lakes.  “Every year, Ohio families and tourists […]

Feb 7, 2024

Congressman Joyce Releases Statement on Vote to Impeach Secretary Mayorkas

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) released the following statement on his vote to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.  “In February 2021, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and pledged to faithfully discharge the duties of his office. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the […]

Feb 6, 2024

Joyce Conservation Bill Passes the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce’s (OH-14) bill, H.R. 5009, the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Reauthorization (WILD) Act, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, which enables wildlife and habitat conservation in all 50 states and territories, and the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, which […]