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Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.


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Nat'l

White House issues memorandum on SDB utilization

The White House issued a memorandum on October 4th directing the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the twenty-three other large federal agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (including the Depa...


Published Oct 06, 2022

Nat'l

VOSB verification to transfer from VA to SBA

Responsibility for verification of ownership of all veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) is set to be transferred from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...


Published Sep 30, 2022




NY

New York City surpasses 10-year OneNYC MWBE goal

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim have jointly announced that the City has exceeded its OneNYC goal of awarding a cumulative $25 billion ...


Published Sep 27, 2022

CA

Los Angeles Mayor signs new MWBE directive

Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles has signed Executive Directive (ED) 35, consisting of an initiative requiring City departments to respond to findings of the recent report, entitled "The Power of Procurement: Advancing E...


Published Sep 21, 2022



PA

Pennsylvania bill to include veteran businesses in existing certification

The Pennsylvania House Commerce Committee is considering a bill, House Bill 2682, which would include veteran-owned businesses (VBEs) within the category of small diverse businesses (SDBs) This would mean VBEs would no lon...


Published Sep 21, 2022

CA

California DGS issues notice of proposed SBE/DVBE rulemaking

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning regulations affecting the Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SBE and DVBE) programs....


Published Sep 01, 2022

IL

City of Chicago sets 2023-2025 DBE goal

The City of Chicago has announced its DBE participation goal for projects receiving federal funding during fiscal years 2023 through 2025. The City is required to do so as a recipient of federal transportation funding....


Published Sep 01, 2022



LA

City of Alexandria completes MWBE disparity study

The City of Alexandria has released the results of a disparity study, begun in 2020, into the experiences of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting. The disparity study was conducted by means of e...


Published Aug 29, 2022

NY

NYC Department of Design and Construction creates MWBE pre-qualified list

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has announced that it has created the City's first Pre-Qualified List (or PQL) that is specific to minority- and woman-owned business (MWBEs) general contractor...


Published Aug 16, 2022

Nat'l

National Defense Authorization Act includes Small Business Provisions

The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in July 2022, includes several provisions aimed at boosting the ability of small businesses to compete for government contracts.Those pro...


Published Aug 15, 2022



TN

Shelby County to relaunch its MWBE program

Shelby County is preparing to relaunch its program for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) through its Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance (EOC). The program has been halted since November of 2020 after a lawsu...


Published Aug 15, 2022

IL

Illinois Tollway hosting Electrical Focus Groups

The Illinois Tollway has announced it is hosting a series of Small Business Initiative Electrical Focus Groups. The goal of the focus groups is aiding efforts to package electrical contract opportunities in a way that bene...


Published Aug 10, 2022

DC

Biden-Harris Administration exceeds small business federal contracting goal

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Biden-Harris Administration exceeded the small business federal prime contracting goal for fiscal year 2021. The goal is set at 23 percent for prime contracts a...


Published Aug 02, 2022

DC

USDOT proposes rule changes on DBE program

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Biden-Harris Administration have jointly issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (or NPRM) relating to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Conce...


Published Aug 02, 2022

IL

City of Peoria launches Equity Accountability Program

The City of Peoria has launched a new certification program, known as the Peoria Equity Accountability Program, or PeAP. It is a free certification open to minority- and woman-owned business enterprises (MWBEs)....


Published Aug 02, 2022