SBA Seeking Input on WOSB/EDWOSB Certification

December 18, 2015

Advanced notice of proposed rulemaking poses many questions – Deadline February 16,2016

In today’s Federal Register, SBA published a somewhat unusually crafted “advance notice of proposed rulemaking” regarding the certifications of Woman-owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB). The posting consists of two parts – the first acknowledges the statutory changes established by the 2015 NDAA, particularly those that eliminate the self-certification authority for WOSB and EDWOSB set-asides. The second, longer component is a lengthy series of questions that serve to articulate the many problems that SBA faces in implementing a fair and accessible certification program for WOSB/EDWOSB.

No hints are provided as to the likely “proposed rulemaking” – only questions. This is an excellent opportunity for Woman-owned small businesses – and those with an interest in the certification efforts – to weigh-in with their thoughts and suggestions as to an effective, logistically-feasible, and fair Certification process.

The deadline for response is February 16, 2016.  CLICK HERE to read the full notice.


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