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WIPP Action Alert: Bring Parity to Small Business Contracting Programs – Contact Legislators to Advance WOSB Sole Source Authority Amendment
For over a decade WIPP has fought for a program that would help women do business with the world’s largest consumer: the federal government. We need your help contacting Congress to ensure the success of women contractors.
Since its implementation in February of 2011, the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program has faced challenges that prevent it from reaching its full potential. Last year, WIPP successfully sought the removal of dollar caps that hampered the program. Now we are seeking sole-source authority within the program to make it even more effective, and on par with other small business contracting programs.
Sole-source authority would allow contracting officers to directly award a contract to a women-owned small business through the WOSB program. For contracts awarded under sole-source authority, this would remove the enormous barrier of identifying multiple women-owned businesses to award a contract. All other small business contracting programs have this ability, so making this change is about fairness and parity, as much as it is about improving the program.
A proposed amendment by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA-14) to the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act would do just that. For it to be considered, however, the House Rules Committee must approve it. We are asking that you send a message to the Chair and Ranking Member of that Committee – urging them to advance the amendment. This is a critical procedural step, and one where we need your help.
You can make a difference – take a few minutes to send the below message to Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX-32) and Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-NY-25).
Chairman Pete Sessions
Phone: (202) 225-9191
Ranking Member Louise Slaughter
E-mail: Send to Staffer - Liam.Fitzsimmons@mail.house.gov
Phone: (202) 225-9091
E-mail Subject Line: Advance Women-Owned Small Business Sole Source Authority Amendment to H.R 4435!
Copy & Paste Message Below in E-mail:
Dear [Chairman Sessions OR Ranking Member Slaughter]
I urge you to support Representative Jackie Speier’s amendment to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2015.
The amendment increases fairness in the contracting community by giving the Woman-Owned Small Business Procurement Program sole source authority—the same authority as other small business contracting programs. This will help women-owned businesses like mine access federal contracts.
Because of how the WOSB program is currently written, women-owned small businesses must find other women-owned small businesses to respond to federal government solicitations before the program can be utilized. This effectively creates a barrier for women business owners wanting to do business with the government.
This amendment would remove that barrier by allowing contracting officers to award sole-source contracts up to $6.5 million for manufacturing contracts and $4 million for all other contracts. Other small business contracting programs have this authority, with these dollar limits.
The amendment would also speed up the disparity study that identifies industries in federal contracting in which women are underrepresented. This is important to opening the doors for my business and other women-owned businesses.
We ask you to advance the Women-Owned Small Business Program Sole Source Authority amendment.
Thank you for your consideration!
[Your Business Name]
[Your Contact Information]