WIPP Action Alert: Submit Comments to SBA on Sole Source Authority Proposed Rule
Monday, June 8, 2015
WIPP Action Alert
Submit Comments to SBA on Sole Source Authority Proposed Rule
The SBA has issued a proposed rule that calls for implementation on sole source authority for the WOSB procurement program. This is the regulatory action required to give contracting officers the ability to sole source contracts to women owned companies. WIPP and its allies fought hard to win this change to the WOSB program, giving women greater access to federal markets. Included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), were two other requirements. One, an accelerated SBA study to determine which NAICS codes are underrepresented by women and two, a requirement that SBA remove the option of self-certification and examine acceptable third-party certifications for the program.
WIPP asked the SBA to separate the two actions—expediting the sole source piece while tackling the much more complicated certification examination. SBA, in this proposed rule, responded to our request. Now, it is time to show our support. Please take a minute to post your comment.
1) Visit the following link on Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=SBA-2015-0004-0001
2) Click on “Comment Now” in the right upper corner.
3) Please personalize your comment about how sole source can be helpful to your business. A suggested paragraph is below.
I support the proposed rule granting sole source authority to the WOSB procurement program. Sole source authority brings parity to the women’s procurement program and would greatly assist women in their access to federal contracts. I urge SBA to expedite the process to put this rule into place as soon as possible since the government is heading into the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. It is important to my business and my ability to access the federal market.
Comments are due June 30, 2015.
Please take the time to add your voice to ensure the SBA to issue a final rule on Sole Source Authority, improving access to federal contracts eligible under the WOSB procurement program.