Coverage Continues on Criticism of SBA's Proposal
In today's Business section Washington Post staff writer Kendra Marr covers the uproar over the Small Business Administration's new proposal to change contracting rules governing women-owned businesses.
In its proposal, released two weeks ago, the agency identified just four industries in which it said women-owned small businesses are underrepresented and thereby eligible for set-asides: intelligence; engraving and metalworking; furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing; and a limited category of motor vehicle dealers, Marr reports.
Federal agencies could decide that women-owned businesses are underrepresented in other industries, but first they would have to find sufficient evidence of discrimination by the government before setting aside contracts. The SBA further limited the size of any contract to $5 million for manufacturing work and $3 million for other jobs.
The proposal prompted many small-business owners to protest, and some are mobilizing to press their concerns during a 60-day public comment period that ends Feb. 25.
Stay tuned as the debate develops.
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Posted by: Roger Clegg, Center for Equal Opportunity | January 9, 2008 11:27 AM
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