Major L. Clark III, Assistant Chief Counsel for Procurement at the Small Business Administration, was presented the MAPPS Public Service Award on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference in Orlando, FL.
Major L. Clark III, Assistant Chief Counsel for Procurement at the Small
Business Administration (SBA), was presented the MAPPS Public Service Award on
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference in Orlando,
Mr. Clark was recognized for his role in revising the "retainage"
regulation. His leadership led to the revision of a provision in the Federal
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that mandated a clause in Federal contracts for
architecture and engineering services, including surveying and mapping services,
that mandated a withholding or retainage of 10 percent of fees, regardless of
the risk to the government or the quality of the firm's performance. The rule,
FAR 52.232-10, was revised in March 2010, as the first regulation to go through
the SBA Office of Advocacy process known as R3 -- Regulatory Review and Reform
-- from nomination to final regulatory revision. The regulatory change Clark
shepherded through the Federal bureaucracy made retainage a negotiable,
discretionary contract provision.
SBA estimated this action will save
small businesses in the architecture, engineering, surveying and mapping field
The Public Service Award was established by the MAPPS board
of directors to recognize and honor employees in public service positions who
have made extraordinary contributions to the public and the geospatial
profession in their government service roles.
"Major Clark has long been
an effective advocate for small business, but went above and beyond the call of
duty to see the retainage rule changed," said John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive
Mr. Clark began his current position in 1998 as Assistant
General Counsel for Procurement Policy in SBA's Office of Advocacy. He
previously served as staff director to the Small Business Committee of the U.S.
House of Representatives, Associate Graduate Professor at Morgan State
University, and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and
Administration for an information technology firm.
Clark is only the
second recipient of the MAPPS award. It was first presented to Moody K. "M.K."
Miles, III Deputy Chief of Engineering and Construction, Civil Works
Directorate, headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in June
For more information on MAPPS,
SBA's Major Clark Receives MAPPS Public Service Award
November 18, 2010