• SBA Proposes Sought After Set-Asides for Women-Owned Small Businesses
  • April 15, 2010 | Authors: Caitlin Keegan Cloonan; Kristen Ittig
  • Law Firm: Arnold & Porter LLP - McLean Office
  • Sixteen years ago, Congress decreed that five percent of federal government contracts should go to women-owned small businesses (WOSB). Despite the modest nature of this goal, it has not been met. Since 1999, when the Small Business Administration (SBA) first started tracking the numbers, the figures have hovered near three percent. Recently, the SBA offered a proposed rule that may jump-start this effort...The SBA has proposed to amend its WOSB regulations to help ensure a level playing field on which WOSBs can compete for federal contracting opportunities. The Proposed Rule is not yet final, and comments are requested by May 3, 2010. www.arnoldporter.com