Funneling federal business to women

President Clinton's executive order released last week requires agencies

to award 5 percent of all contracts to small, woman-owned businesses by:

* Developing a long-term comprehensive plan to award more contracts to woman-owned

businesses.

* Designating a senior acquisition official to identify and promote

contracting opportunities for woman-owned small businesses.

* Developing a mentor/protege program that includes woman-owned businesses.

* Offering industrywide training and technical assistance programs

for woman-owned businesses.

* Requiring agencies that fail to meet the 5 percent goal to establish

an action plan on how they will meet the goal in the future.

MORE INFO

"Clinton order boosts women's businesses"[FCW.com, May 25, 2000]

"Clinton boosts women-owned biz" [FCW.com, May 25, 2000]

"OMB sets goals for small-business contracting" [Federal Computer Week, Oct. 8, 1999]

"Skepticism greets GSA small-biz plan" [Federal Computer Week, Jan. 11,1999]

"GSA looks to funnel IT work to small businesses" [FCW.com, Jan. 5, 1999]

The president's executive order

Small Business Administration

WomenBiz.gov

BY Dan Caterinicchia and Natasha Haubold
May 29, 2000

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