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New Report Finds Mistakes in Use of SBA WOSB Program

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  
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New Report Finds Mistakes in Use of SBA WOSB Program


Citing misuse and confusion by contracting officers, the SBA’s top internal investigator raised concerns about management of the WOSB procurement program. Critical oversights included  improperly setting aside contracts in industries not served by the WOSB program as well as failures by women business owners to upload all the necessary documents to the WOSB repository. WIPP encourages all women business owners to ensure they are updated in the System for Award Management (SAM); make sure all necessary documents have been uploaded to the WOSB repository (find the full list under repository links on SBA’s WOSB page); and ensure a contract is being set-aside in the right NAICS codes (find the WOSB and EDWOSB NAICS codes here).

The author of the report, the SBA’s Office of Inspector General, is also the lead on fighting fraud in the program. WIPP has long advocated in support of this program and increasing access to federal markets for genuine women business owners. If you suspect fraud in the program, report it to SBA. Given the relative newness of the program, everyone will benefit from understanding the program and the access to federal contracting it provides to women owned companies.

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