A House panel has heard industry officials' support for a bill that seeks to rein in lengthy short lists for federal design-build projects.

The measure, which Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced in July, would bar one-step D-B procurements for projects of $750,000 or more. It also would require an agency head's sign-off for D-B short lists of more than five teams. There is no Senate bill yet, and Graves' proposal had just 11 co-sponsors on Dec. 9; but House federal workforce subcommittee Chairman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) is one of the 11. After his panel's Dec. 3 hearing on D-B, Farenthold said, "There's a reasonable chance we could see some action on it next year."