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WIPP to Congress: Contracting Laws Take Too Long To Implement

Monday, March 23, 2015  
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WIPP to Congress: Contracting Laws Take Too Long To Implement

Testifying before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, Amber Peebles, President of Athena Construction and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Advisory Board member, urged common sense contracting changes. Citing personal experience, she gave examples of ill-conceived reverse auction practices and the impact of delays on women-owned federal contractors. The testimony also highlighted concerns with increased consolidation of contracts limiting participation of women-owned firms, known as strategic sourcing.


Peebles advocated for expeditious implementation of the sole source authority for the WOSB procurement program recently signed into law. She noted, "Every day this policy cannot be utilized is another day women business owners are disadvantaged by the contracting process.” The law must now be promulgated by SBA and adopted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council. Ms. Peeble’s full testimony is available here, and more on the hearing is available from the House Small Business Committee.



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