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WIPP In Action - May 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019  
Posted by: Laura Berry
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Women Impacting Public Policy

Be In The Room Where It Happens

Speaker Announcement for Emily Murphy


At WIPP, we get our members in the room with decision makers, and we also teach our members how to use their voices to make that moment matter.


I am thrilled to announce invited speaker Emily Murphy, GSA Administrator, for our from June 23 to 25. The GSA will be celebrating their 70th Anniversary this summer, and Ms. Murphy will speak about recent changes as well as give us a glimpse at what's ahead for the one of the largest contracting agencies in the federal government space.


Join us in the rooms of the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. next month to grow your business with other leading women business owners, agencies, and prime suppliers. Space is limited!

Candace Waterman

Candace Waterman WIPP President & CEO

In addition, we will be hosting 14 concurrent sessions, including curriculum tailored to emerging businesses in the government contracting space, which will include sessions such as Managing Your Contract and Pricing for Profitability. What we’ve heard from members already established in the government space is the need for advanced training along the lines of Human Capital & HR and an in-depth discussion of the SBA's Mentor-Protégé Program.


Additional programming will be available for corporate partners, agencies and contracting officers, as well as prime suppliers.


We are fast approaching our Early Bird deadline! Make sure to . Agencies who have expressed interest in attending include Department of Energy, Department of Treasury, and the Marine Corps.


Attendees must register by May 17 to be eligible for Capitol Hill visits during our Legislative Day! Our Advocacy Team will be available to train and assist you. Being interested in policy will elevate your business and your thought leadership.


We have many rooms where business will happen next month. Will you be there with us?

What Is "NDAA" and

Why Do I Keep Hearing About It?

Ann Sullivan WIPP Chief Advocate

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is one of the last “must pass” pieces of legislation left in Congress. Since the Constitution requires that Congress provides for a common defense, this bill is considered to be “must pass.” Therefore, every year for the past 58 years, Congress has passed the NDAA. Not to be confused with defense appropriations, with “defense” in the title, the purpose of the massive bill is to authorize defense policies and programs under which the funding levels are set.


Even though the bill is “must pass,” that does not necessarily mean it must pass on time. In 33 years, the NDAA has been passed only three times before the start of the new fiscal year. However, one of the three times was last year’s FY2019 NDAA. The other two years the NDAA was signed on time were FY1997 and FY1978. Note: the calendar year the bill is passed and the fiscal year for the NDAA do not align. Congress is always working on it for the next fiscal year; therefore, Congress is currently working on the FY2020 NDAA.



WIPP Education Opportunites

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The WIPP Education Platform (WEP) is a WIPP Member benefit offering education, programs, and opportunities to women-owned businesses across the nation. Our three areas of focus are 1. understanding the federal procurement landscape; 2. building capacity; and 3. managing wealth.


WIPP Driving Legislation

Two recent bills introduced in the House and Senate, respectively, incorporate WIPP’s recommendations for increasing access to capital and creating parity for women-owned small businesses:

  • Elimination of the SBA Microloan Program’s 1/55th rule is a top WIPP priority, and the Microloan Program Enhancement Act () would accomplish that. Women consume 48.7% of loans through the Program, which assists borrowers obtaining loans under $50,000.
  • Reinstating the accelerated payments policy for small contractors and subcontractors that expired in 2017, House Small Business Committee Members introduced the Accelerated Payments for Small Businesses Act (). The bill sets a goal for federal agencies to pay both small prime contractors and large primes with small subcontractors within 15 days.

WIPP Policy Updates

WIPP has been actively pushing our 2019 Policy Pillars to drive movement on the Hill. Here are a few updates about our work on behalf of our members:

All of this and more will be covered in our monthly on Wednesday, May 8. This webinar is a WIPP Member benefit.


AMEX's Summit For Success in DC

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The American Express® Summit for Success: Washington, D.C. is a free one-day event designed to help grow your business.


June 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.

901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

1120 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 1000

Washington, D.C. 20036



WIPP thanks our Corporate Partners:


Accenture | American Express | Comcast | Intuit | L3 Technologies | Live Oak Bank | Lockheed Martin | Northrop Grumman | Pfizer | Southern California Edison | Southwest Airlines | Verizon | Walmart


WIPP is a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations. .


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