GovCons News Roundup, Week Ending Mar. 16, 2012

Deltek editor Anthony Critelli reports.

Socioeconomic Program Issues

Last week, the federal government took action on two socioeconomic programs that haven’t been meeting their goals of increasing opportunities for the targeted groups.

The Fairness in Women-Owned Small Business Contracting Act of 2012 was introduced on March 7 to address two areas in which women-owned small businesses (WOSBS) do not currently have the same procurement privileges as other socioeconomic programs. The two main provisions of the bill are to:

  • Eliminate dollar-amount restrictions on contracts that WOSBs can compete for
  • Allow non-competitive contracts for WOSBs in certain cases

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) expressed hope the bill will help WOSBs gain their fair share of the government contracting market.

For the third time in six months, the Government Accountability Office found the Department of Veterans Affairs guilty of breaking a law to give procurement preference to veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs).

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