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Procurement
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 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.

 
 
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·         WIPP Economic Blueprint
 
Procurement Principles:

In 2012, only 4.00% of all government contracts were awarded to women-owned businesses – an increase from 2011, 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 2012, falling short at 22.25%, also an increase from 2011.

1) Improve 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.

2) Increase 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.  

LEGISLATION

The following is a list of legislation that WIPP is actively following:  
 
    S. 1034    - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014
    S. 664      - Government Contractor Accountability Act of 2013
    H.R. 2452 - Women’s Procurement Equalization Act of 2013   

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
   HR 4203 - Women's Procurement Program Improvement Act
   HR 4310 - National Defense Authorization Act

REGULATORY ACTIONS

The following is a list of regulatory actions taken:


 


 

PROCUREMENT NEWS & POLICY UPDATES


Sole-Source Bill, Contracting Reforms Move Forward - 3/6/2014

White House Announces Raise to Contractor Minimum Wage - 1/28/14

Small business advice: Hoping to sell to the government? Then start being a PEST - 1/2/14

HR 5050: The Women's Business Ownership Act - 12/16/13

Women Entrepreneurs Mark 25th Anniversary of H.R. 5050 - 12/16/13


WIPP Procurement - Process to Remove Dollar Caps in WOSB Procurement Program Clears Final Hurdle - 7/11/13 

Treasury Department Leads the Way: Meets 2012 Small Business Contracting Goals - 7/8/13

 

The Numbers Are Out: SBA Releases Its New Small Business Contracting Report - 7/3/13

 

WIPP Requests Swift Action to Rectify Payments Owed to Small Businesses Contractors - 4/16/13

 

 
 


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 HIGHLIGHTS
 
The following is a list of statements and letters that WIPP has released:
 
 
 
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
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BUSINESS STRATEGIES

 

As business owners, we are always looking for opportunities to expand our businesses; and with billions of dollars available in contracts, doing business with the US government might be the right opportunity for your business. In order to begin this process, you must register in the System for Award Management (SAM), the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of former registries: CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS.

SAM 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 SAM, 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 watch podcasts on registering in SAM; or contact Lin Stuart at LStuart@wipp.org with any question.

 
 

RESOURCE CORNER

 
 
 
The SBA offers free, online training sessions on Government Contracting.
 

 


 
 
 
GIVE ME 5
 
WIPP and American Express OPEN Announce Education Program to Help Women Business Owners Secure More Federal Contracts

"Give Me 5: Education and Access for Women in Federal Contracts” Helps Women Business Owners Apply for Additional $5 Billion in Government Contracts

www.GiveMe5.com - Register for Upcoming Federal Contracting Training Webinars and Listen to Previously Recorded Training Podcasts. Click here to view the Give Me 5 Federal Contracting Training Course Guide.

Click here to read more news on Give Me 5 and women’s federal procurement issues.

Click here for additional online resources to guide you through federal contracting.

 
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