Legislation affecting the Small Business Administration's (SBA) small business programs is pending in the House and Senate, and WIPP needs your help getting these bills passed! One bill addresses the issue of parity among the small business programs. The other bill makes significant changes to the proposed Women's Procurement Program.
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) court decision overturned an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive, which placed the SBA's small business programs in parity with one another. Prior to this decision, contracting officers were free to choose among the small business programs when issuing procurements, with preference given to programs where the small business goal has not yet been met. S.3190 and H.R.3729 seek to restore the OMB directive.
S.3399 addresses a number of concerns that WIPP voiced to the SBA during the comment period for the women's procurement program, including:
- Removing the contracting dollar limits of $5 million for manufacturing contracts, and $3 million for other goods and service contracts
- Allowing for sole-source awards
- Conducting data reviews every five (5) years which determine which North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes will be eligible
These are two important pieces of legislation that if passed, will benefit small businesses. Contact your local representatives expressing your support!