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WIPP works to ensure that federal buyers fully utilize the WOSB program and that women-owned businesses seeking federal contracts take advantage of these opportunities. Through its education programs, outreach through the ChallengeHER program and advocacy, WIPP opens doors for women owned businesses seeking to access the federal marketplace.


In 2016, WIPP is focusing on two major priorities. First, we must increase access for women-owned firms to multiple-award contracts. The government increasingly buys its products/services through these ongoing contracts, like Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts, and other large contracts. We will be asking for parity for WOSBs on these types of contracts.


Second, there should be parity in sole source contract ceilings. Sole source contracts are capped – they are not unlimited. Every five years, the FAR Council adjusts the cap for inflation. In October, all the other small business programs’ caps were increased, except for the WOSB program. We will be pressing the FAR Council to adjust the WOSB sole source to match the increases of other programs.


Join WIPP's Procurement Committee to get access to exclusive policy briefings and teleconferences with industry experts and policymakers on federal contracting and related issues.  Committee members receive special communications on policy, regulations, and research on this subject matter






Regulatory Race to the Finish

By Debbie Kobrin, WIPP Government Relations


ALERT: Government Prepares for Implementation of Contractor Labor Violation Reporting


ALERT: GSA Finalizes New Reporting Requirement


Red Tape Special: GSA Rule Misses the Mark 

By Ann Sullivan, WIPP’s Chief Advocate


Supreme Court Rules Against VA in Small Business Contracting Case 

By Debbie Kobrin, WIPP Government Relations


But Wait – There’s More

By Ann Sullivan, WIPP’s Chief Advocate


WIPP Member Angela Dingle Testifies Before Congress on Small Business Cybersecurity Challenges

By Debbie Kobrin, WIPP Government Relations


Costs and Benefits: Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors

By Jake Clabaugh, WIPP Government Relations


Major Expansion of WOSB Procurement Program Starts Today

By Ann Sullivan, WIPP’s Chief Advocate





WIPP is actively tracking and supporting the following legislation.


H.R. 4909 & S. 2943 – FY17 National Defense Authorization Act


S. 2138 - Small Business Subcontracting Transparency Act of 2015


S. 2139 - Small Contractors Improve Competition Act of 2015


H.R. 4341 - Defending America's Small Contractors Act of 2016


H.R. 1481 – The Small Contractors Improve Competition Act

               A section – by – section analysis can be found here.










Give Me 5 is a national program from WIPP and American Express OPEN designed to educate women business owners on how to apply for and secure federal procurement opportunities.  It works to increase the representation of Women Business Owners that win government contracts by providing accessible business education tools to assist both new and experienced federal contractors. 


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ChallengeHER is an initiative from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express OPEN (OPEN) designed to strengthen and promote the WOSB Federal Contract Program.  This program offers contracting events and workshops, access to online webinars, mentoring opportunities and matchmaking with government buyers. ChallengeHER provides women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and connections to help them successfully compete in the government marketplace.


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Give Me 5: GSA Special Unit - Beginner's Guide to GSA Schedules

ChallengeHER Albuquerque

Export NOW: Export-Import Bank Financing Programs for Small Businesses

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