Majority-Women-Owned Firms – Act Now to Protect Your Opportunities
WOSB / EDWOSB Certified Firms: Important Sign On Needed to Protect Your Federal Contracting Set-Asides
Below are details of a matter of high importance for legitimate majority-women-owned businesses.
Over the last few months, the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce, the Government Accountability Office and the Small Business Administration Inspector General have reported on the high level of ineligible firms listed in the federal government database as WOSB or EDWOSB -- and receiving WOSB / EDWOSB set-aside awards.
These ineligible firms have been receiving set-asides intended for legitimately, majority-women-owned firm's.
Congress took action at the end of last year to fix this problem by removing the option for firms to "self-certify" in the government system. Congress also acted to add sole-source awards and required the SBA to perform a new study of eligible industries no later than January 2016.
But, the SBA chose to stall the removal of "self-certification" when they issued new proposed regulations -- even though the USWCC, GAO and Inspector General detailed millions of dollars in awards to ineligible firms -- and even though Congress did not say that the SBA could wait to end self-certification.
If you believe, as I do, that Women-Owned Small Business set-asides and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business set-asides should be awarded to legitimately qualified firms -- then, I need you to tell the SBA your views now. We have prepared a convenient online form/letter for you to complete (add your own comments) and submit. We will collect these signed documents and submit them to the SBA prior to the June 30th deadline.
Here are important links for you:
- Complete and sign our online comment form. (There is also a space provided for you to add personal comments).
- View and listen to our presentation on this issue.
- View the slides from this presentation without audio.
Margot Dorfman, CEO
U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
700 12th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
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