WIPP's legislative strategy is to have the greatest possible impact for small business owners. We focus on our economic principles and craft a succinct small business message that we bring directly to members of Congress, the White House and Federal Agencies. Your guidance and advocacy efforts together with political reality allows us to move our agenda forward effectively.
In 2011, only 3.98% of all government contracts were
awarded to women-owned businesses – a decrease from 2010, even though federal law
mandates a 5% government-wide procurement goal for women-owned small businesses.
In addition, the SBA Goaling Report shows that the federal government failed to
reach the small business goal of 23% in FY 2011, falling short at 21.7%, also a
decrease from 2010.
the Women-Owned Small Businesses Procurement Program
With the implementation of the Women-Owned Small Business
(WOSB) Federal Contract Program complete, WIPP urges all agencies to fully utilize
the program to award prime contracts to women-owned firms.
WIPP applauds the removal of the dollar caps on these
contracts by the 112th Congress. WIPP supports a further improvement in the WOSB
procurement program by granting sole source authority to contracting officers utilizing
the WOSB program.
Goals for Small Business Contracting
While the government has never met its small business
goal of 23%, increasing small business participation in federal contracting is often
more efficient and offers the best value. WIPP supports increasing the small business
contracting goal to 25% and the subcontracting goal to 40%. Participation in the
public sector provides small firms an injection of capital to the nation's most
prolific job creators.
The following is a list of legislation that WIPP is actively following:
S. 370 S. 633 - Small Business Contracting Fraud Prevention Act
- Small Business Contract Notification Act
S. 1110 - Small Business Fairness Act
S. 2172 - Fairness in Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Act
HR 585 - Small Business Size Standard Flexibility Act
HR 3184 - Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act
The House Small Business Committee Small Business Procurement Reform Legislation:
HR 3850 - Government Efficiency Through (GET) Small Business Contracting Act
HR 3851 - Small Business Advocate Act
HR 3893 - Subcontracting Transparency and Reliability Act
HR 3980 - Small Business Opportunity Act
HR 4118 - Small Business Procurement Improvement Act
HR 4121 - Early Stage Small Business Contracting Act
- Women's Procurement Program Improvement Act
- National Defense Authorization Act
The following is a list of regulatory actions taken:
PROCUREMENT NEWS & POLICY UPDATES
Women Vendors Get Less Than Price of Drone FromU.S. Set-Asides - 6/21/12.
The NDAA & its Package of Small Business Procurement Reforms Passes in the House - 5/18/12.
Pentagon Defends Approach to Tax-Delinquent Contractors - 4/16/12.
Pentagon Awarded Veteran-Owned Contracts to Illegitimate Firms - 4/9/12.
GSA Scandal Sheds Light on Small Business Contracting Fraud - 4/9/12.
House Small Business Panel Approves 6 Pro-Contractor Bills - 3/8/12.
Air Force has New Plan to Increase Small Business Contracting - 2/24/12.
Report: Billions in Federal Small-Business Contracts go to Large Firms - 2/23/12.
House 2012 Contracting Reform Initiative - 2/20/12.
House Seeks to Curb "Deceitful" Contracting - 2/2/12.
Lawmaker Pushes to Boost Contractor Work - 1/31/12.
Contractors Brace for Defense Cuts - 1/9/12.
Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program Resources
WSOB Program Final Rule and List of Eligible NAICS Codes in the Federal Register .
The SBA’s WOSB Program Repository User Guide Released 2/10/11
SBA’s WOSB Program Resource Page
SBA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide to the WOSB Program
SBA Names the First 3rd Party Certifiers for the WOSB
- El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- National Women Business Owners Corporation
- US Women's Chamber of Commerce
- Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
WIPP sent a letter to the SBA to urge expedited implementation of legislation that mandates removal of the dollar award caps on the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Procurement Program. 1/12/13
The following is a list of statements and letters that WIPP has released:
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As business owners, first and foremost, we are always looking for opportunities to expand our businesses. One important way you can do this is to register with the Central Contract Registration database, the CCR. The CCR is a database managed by the Department of Defense of all businesses contracting or seeking contracts with the federal government. It is also used by many corporations who are seeking women business enterprises as suppliers.
The CCR is not only a place to register if you are considering a government contract, but it will collect and validate information so that agencies or corporations looking to acquire services can easily find you. If you aren’t sure that you have a product or service that the government would want – you may be surprised!! Give Me 5 provides you with the resources here to guide you through the steps to researching businesses similar to yours that are awarded contracts.
It is so easy to register on the CCR, and while it opens the doors to many business opportunities, it will not cost you a penny to register – and will only take you about half an hour.
There are a few things you need to do to prepare before you go so the registration will go smoothly. Please look to www.GiveMe5.com and contact Michael Fravel, 1-888-488-WIPP, or email@example.com, at WIPP with any questions or concerns.