SBA Proposes New Certification Procedure for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed an amendment to its regulations on how Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) are certified.  The WOSB and EDWOSB certification is required in order for these businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contract Program which restricts competition for these federal contracts to WOSBs and EDWOSBs.

This proposed amendment would ensure the SBA is in compliance with section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015.  Among other things, this provision specifically requires WOSBs and EDWOSBs to be certified by either a Federal agency, a State government, the SBA or a national certifying entity approved by the SBA in order to be awarded a set aside or sole source contract under the Small Business Act.

The following link to the Office of the Federal Register provides additional information:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/14/2019-09684/women-owned-small-business-and-economically-disadvantaged-women-owned-small-business-certification

If you would like to submit a comment on the proposed regulation, your comments are due by July 15, 2019.  On the left hand side of the web page referenced above, there is an icon you can click on to submit comments as well as an icon to read posted comments.

If you have self-certified as a WOSB or an EDWOSB and require assistance in receiving formal certification, please contact our Government Contracts Team at Widerman Malek, PL.

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