Investigation Finds $69 Million in Questionable Contracts in WOSB Program

WOSB Awards May Have Been Made In Ineligible Industries

Bethesda, MD— Dozens of U.S. government set-aside contracts to women-owned small businesses totaling tens of millions of dollars may have been awarded in ineligible industries, according to an investigation by Set-Aside Alert, the news service for small business federal contractors.

Set-Aside Alert initiated its review of the Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program after downloading official program data from the Federal Procurement Data System. The program data is sourced from multiple federal agencies.

We found significant errors suggesting that federal agencies may have awarded numerous set-aside contracts to WOSBs and Economically-Disadvantaged WOSBs (EDWOSBs) improperly.

Set-Aside Alert identified $69 million in set-aside contracts to women-owned small firms reported to have been awarded in industries that are ineligible for the specific type of set-aside contract used. That is about half of the value of all the current set-aside contracts awarded through the SBA’s WOSB program.  More

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Source:  Set-aside Alerts   by Alice Lipowicz, May 27, 2015


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