US Government Hearing On Minority Contracting Issues

Last month, the Government Management, Organization and Procurement Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on minority contracting issues. The Subcommittee discussed existing federal programs for minority-owned business enterprises (MBE) and disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE), as well as the challenges that these businesses have faced. The testimony featured …

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Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Contracting Program

The long anticipated and landmark Small Business Act was recently passed, which authorizes federal contracting officers to specifically limit, or set aside opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). Although the Small Business Administration has issued a final rule on the WOSB program, it will not be effective for …

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SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program Increases

President Obama’s Economic Stimulus Plan is bringing billions of dollars to government agencies for spending, along with surety bonding assistance to enhance contractor’s bidding capacity. In addition, the limit on the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) surety bond guarantee has increased from $2 million to $5 million under the Economic Stimulus Plan, and can be …

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