H.R. 2083 would require (to the extent possible) that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ensure contracts with small businesses constitute one-third of the department’s spending to procure uniforms and certain protective gear for selected components of the department (including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The act’s provisions would apply to contracts signed on or after October 1, 2020.
Currently, uniforms and protective gear made by small businesses account for roughly 40 percent of DHS spending on the items affected by H.R. 2083. Thus, CBO estimates that implementing the act would not significantly affect the department’s spending on uniforms and protective gear for the affected agencies.