• SBA Issues New Rules Regarding Women-Owned Contacts Small Businesses in Federal Contracting
  • October 14, 2010 | Authors: Caitlin Keegan Cloonan; Kristen Ittig
  • Law Firm: Arnold & Porter LLP - McLean Office
  • Last week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a final rule designed to help certain Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) to participate in the federal procurement process. The final rule allows federal contracting officers to limit competition to WOSBs and EDWOSBs for government contracts in 83 industries, including 45 industries in which women are underrepresented and 38 industries in which women are substantially underrepresented. While the final rule marks an important step toward the congressionally-decreed goal of ensuring that five percent of federal government contracts go to WOSBs, it will not become effective until early next year, after the SBA and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) develop additional implementing regulations. www.arnoldporter.com