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Codification of Title 41, United States Code, ``Public Contracts''


The bill revises and restates certain laws relating to public contracts and enacts those provisions as title 41, United States Code.

The bill was prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel as part of the Office's ongoing responsibility under section 205(c) of House Resolution No. 988, 93d Congress, as enacted into law by Public Law 93-554 (2 U.S.C. 285b), ''[t]o prepare, and submit to the Committee on the Judiciary one title at a time, a complete compilation, restatement, and revision of the general and permanent laws of the United States''.

A predecessor bill, H.R. 4320, was introduced in the 108th Congress on May 10, 2004. Upon introduction of that bill, Chairman Sensenbrenner inserted a statement in the Congressional Record inviting review and comment and also sent a letter inviting review and comment to various congressional committees, government agencies, and private organizations thought to be interested in the bill. Comments were to be submitted to the Office of the Law Revision Counsel.

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel studied all of the comments submitted and discussed them as necessary with those submitting the comments in order to achieve a satisfactory resolution. Many of the comments resulted in changes in the bill or in the accompanying section-by-section explanation of the bill.

H.R. 5414, an updated version of H.R. 4320, was introduced in the 109th Congress on May 17, 2006, and was favorably reported to the House of Representatives by the Committee on September 15, 2006. No further action was taken before the 109th Congress adjourned sine die.

The current bill, H.R. 4779, incorporates laws enacted after March 31, 2006, the cutoff date for laws to have been included in H.R. 5414, and on or before January 15, 2007, and includes several technical corrections, but in all other respects is identical to H.R. 5414.

PDF Versions

PDF version of H.R. 4779.

PDF version of the EXPLANATION (including a disposition table and section-by-section explanation of the bill).

PDF version of the comparison of H.R 5414 (reported) and H.R 4779 (introduced)

Questions and Comments

Questions and comments about this proposed codification bill should be directed to:

     Kenneth I. Paretzky, Senior Counsel
     Office of the Law Revision Counsel
     H2-304 Ford House Office Building
     United States House of Representatives
     Washington, D.C. 20515

     Email: Ken Paretzky
(202) 226-9061