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 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