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WIPP supports policies that continue to enhance women-owned small business participation in federal contracting. WIPP’s policy recommendations include ensuring acquisition reforms support women-owned businesses; providing adequate support  and training to the contracting workforce; ensuring parity for sole source; and securing a pathway to growth for women-owned small businesses.
Ensuring Acquisition Reforms Support Women-Owned Businesses
Congress responded to one of WIPP’s 2017 priorities – a study by the SBA of small business participation in Multiple Award Contracts.  WIPP will work to ensure that agencies structure MACs to include all socio-economic groups, including women.
The continued effort to implement broad reforms in government procurement has not fully taken into consideration the damaging impact on small businesses. WIPP urges Congress to ensure that procurement reforms, including government-wide acquisition initiatives like category management, take into consideration impacts on government contractors while supporting the government’s fundamental goal of getting “best value” in federal procurement.
Adequately Support and Train the Contracting Workforce
Procurement professionals struggle to keep up with changes to acquisition policy. Often these changes are designed to benefit small, minority, or women-owned businesses. New contracting policies, like sole source authority in the WOSB Program, should be explained to the government acquisition workforce to ensure changes passed by Congress are fully utilized by federal buyers. WIPP has also created a one-pager that can be given to contracting officers to utilize when awarding a sole-source to a WOSB. Resources such as these provide necessary
Secure a Pathway to Growth 
The goal of the government is to foster small business and broad economic growth by providing fair access to opportunities through contracts. However, there is no path forward for successful businesses that have out-grown small status to continue their prosperity in government contracting. WIPP has partnered with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce on their Pathway to Growth initiative, which gives large small businesses a little more runway before transitioning out of the small business set aside program and into full and open competition. In order to address this issue, the initiative recommends the following: (1) advise federal agencies on structuring contracts so they incorporate the ability of midsize companies to compete; (2) allow midsize companies to use three of the past five years to determine their size status; and (3)  allow midsize companies to subtract research and development expenses and expenditures to determine size status.
Create a Women-Owned Small Business Government Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC)
According to the GSA, “using GWACs is a faster alternative to time-consuming and costly full and open competitions.” The popularity of these GWACs has led agencies to obligate over $6 billion on these contracts. It also led GSA to create a second-generation VETS contract (VETS II) and extend STARS II for an additional five years, which assists federal agencies in meeting their socio-economic contracting goals. Due to the continued popularity of these contracts, it is crucial to create a WOSB GWAC. There currently 12,0001 active WOSB available to provide IT services, but in the past five years, only 1,700 women IT contractors have won federal work. Given the increase in the number of women-owned vendors, and the addition of IT NAICS to the program, it is time to move forward on the creation of this vehicle. 
Ensure WOSBs Have Adequate Infrastructure Contract Opportunities
An infrastructure bill – in whatever form – provides increased opportunities for government contractors. When crafting this legislation, Congress should allow the transmittal of WOSB and small business goals contained in the Small Business Act to translate to every project.




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This is a study conducted by WIPP that identifies disparity that keeps women-owned firms out of the upper tiers of the federal contracting world.  This study resulted in the passing of S.1038, introduced by Sen. Joni Ernst, requiring the Small Business Administration (SBA) to report to specified congressional committees on determinations as to:

  • whether small business concerns and each category of covered small business concerns (specified below) are being utilized in a significant portion of the federal market on multiple award contracts, including whether awards are being reserved for one or more of those categories and whether each such category is being given the opportunity to perform on such contracts; and
  • whether current performance requirements for such contracts are feasible and appropriate for small business concerns.

This document is a resource for you to provide to contracting officers explaining the requirements for awarding a WOSB Sole Source.  You may download and share as appropriate.

WOSB set-asides do not automatically happen!  This is a quick resource guide that provides you with information to assist in securing a set aside.

This site has the requirements for determining if you are eligible for small business.

This is a downloadable document that list the current NAICS codes for WOSB

This is a downloadable document that list the current NAICS codes for EDWOSB

This link takes you to a list of webinars hosted by the SBA for federal contracting







ChallengeHER is an initiative from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express OPEN (OPEN) designed to strengthen and promote the WOSB Federal Contract Program.  This program offers contracting events and workshops, access to online webinars, mentoring opportunities and matchmaking with government buyers. ChallengeHER provides women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and connections to help them successfully compete in the government marketplace.  For more information, please go to



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