A Win in the House for Women Seeking Access to Federal Contracts
Thursday, May 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Kristie
A WIN IN THE HOUSE FOR WOMEN
SEEKING ACCESS TO FEDERAL CONTRACTS
D.C. (May 22, 2014) – Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) applauds action by the House of
Representatives to improve the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal
Contract Program, helping women entrepreneurs access the federal market. Earlier
today, the House of Representatives voted 325 to 98 to pass the National
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (H.R. 4435), which
included a provision authorizing sole-source contracts in the WOSB procurement
program. The amendment was added to the annual defense spending bill by
Representative Speier who has championed improvements to the program and
broader initiatives supporting women entrepreneurs.
WOSB procurement program, officially launched in 2011, is a critical gateway
into the world of government contracting for women entrepreneurs nationwide.
Since its inception, the WOSB procurement program has been hampered by restrictions
on the size and type of contracts awarded. All other major small business contracting
programs have sole-source authority, however the WOSB procurement program does
not have it. This amendment fixes that inequity.
Speier’s amendment also expedites a disparity study by the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA), which identifies under-represented industries for participation
in the WOSB procurement program. Supporters have noted that the study is
critical to expanding the program to more industries where the program is
needed. The study was originally required by 2018—more than eleven years after
the last study—but would be accelerated to 2015.
are very grateful to Rep. Speier for her leadership and for improving access to
the federal sector for the nearly 8 million women business owners nationwide. The
WOSB program is critical to the growth and success of many WIPP members and to
women business owners across the country. I am optimistic that these changes
will help the government reach and exceed, for the first time, its 5%
contracting goal,” commented Barbara Kasoff, president of Women Impacting
victory was made possible with support from a broad coalition of women’s
business and small business organizations that supported the amendment. The
next step is passage in the Senate. Supporters
of the WOSB procurement program in the Senate are actively working to include
similar language in the Senate version of the FY15 NDAA, S. 2289.
is a national nonpartisan public policy organization advocating on behalf of
its coalition of 4.7 million businesswomen including 75 business organizations.
WIPP identifies important trends and opportunities and provides a collaborative
model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of
women-owned businesses. For more information, please visit www.wipp.org.
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