DOD, GSA, and NASA Expand WOSB Program

July 8, 2013

DOD, GSA, and NASA Expand WOSB Program

On June 21, 2013, DOD, GSA, and NASA issued an interim rule removing the dollar limitation for set-asides to economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs) and to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). Previously, the program had been limited to contracts under $6.5 million for manufacturing contracts and $4 million for all other contracts. Under the new rule, contracting officers may set-aside contracts for EDWOSBs and WOSBs at any dollar level above the micropurchase threshold, as long as the other requirements for set-asides are met. The interim final rule implements Section 1697 of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2013, which removed statutory limitations on the program. The interim rule became effective June 21, 2013. Written comments on the interim rule should be submitted on or by August 20, 2013. (78 Fed. Reg. 37692, 6/21/13.)






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