Sunday, January 27, 2008

News of Interest: New Rule Hurts Not Helps Women-Owned Businesses

The Women Presidents' Organization headquarter office in New York has responded against the enactment of the new proposed rule from the Small Business Administration that limits contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses. Though there are 7.7 million businesses that are 51% owned and controlled by women (approximately one-third of all privately-held companies), only a mere 3.4% of federal procurement contracts are awarded to women- owned businesses.

The new rule is a flawed amendment to Public Law 106-554. Public Law 106-544 was passed in 2000 to give federal contracting officers the ability to restrict competition for up to 5% of all prime contracts to women-owned businesses whose industries are under- represented. The amendment is flawed because it only identifies four industries in which women-owned businesses are under-represented in contracting: cabinetmaking, engraving, other motor vehicle dealers, and national security and international affairs.

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