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WOSB Program News

August 15, 2016
Contracting officers now have access to the WOSB Repository available at https://certify.sba.gov. Pursuant to FAR 19.1505(e), contracting officers must check whether the apparent successful offeror provided all the required eligibility documents set forth in 13 CFR 127.300(d) or (e). Contracting officers must access the WOSB Repository through MAX.gov using their PIV or CAC card and request and be granted access to the eligibility documents submitted by the successful offeror. See also: What You Need to Know if You Are a Federal Contracting Officer


April  25, 2016
The existing WOSB Program Repository in GLS is no longer available. Beginning Thursday, March 24, 2016, all WOSB Program requirements are managed through certify.SBA.gov.  All WOSB Program participants including existing GLS users are required to create a new user account to manage their WOSB or EDWOSB profiles and supporting documentation for self or third party certifications. After creating a new user account, businesses are required to update their records by answering the questionnaire online.  The electronic questionnaire version has replaced the paper version of SBA Form 2413, WOMEN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (WOSB) PROGRAM CERTIFICATION – WOSBs; SBA Form 2414, WOMEN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (WOSB) PROGRAM CERTIFICATION – ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED or EDWOSB, and SBA Form 413, Personal Financial Statement - Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program. For technical support for Certify, email us at certify@sba.gov.  For program specific questions, email us at wosb@sba.gov.


March 6, 2016
At the request of SBA in 2015, the Office of the Chief Economist, at the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), conducted a new study on the WOSB Federal Contracting Program.  The study reevaluated the NAICS industry groups in which WOSBs are underrepresented and substantially underrepresented in Federal contracting.  As a result of the study, SBA has determined changes will be implemented to the WOSB Program. These changes will provide expanded opportunities for WOSBs to pursue set-aside and sole source federal contracts. 

As set forth in the Federal Register notice, SBA has authorized the use of 113 new NAICS Industry groups for WOSB and EDWOSB set asides or sole source awards.  WOSBs will now be eligible for contract participation in 92 NAICS industry groups.  EDWOSBs will now be eligible for contract participation in 21 designated NAICS industry groups, along with the 92 NAICS industry groups identified for WOSB. The effective date per the notice for use of these new NAICS is 3 March 2016. Read the Federal Register Notice.

SBA has published its full analysis of the DOC study in the related Federal Register notice that discusses which NAICS codes are no longer designated for use under the WOSB program, as well which NAICS codes are being newly designated for use under the program.

Read the DOC WOSB Federal Contract Program report.

See the full lists of the 2016 6-digit NAICS codes designated for EDWOSB  and for WOSB  set-asides or sole source awards under the WOSB Program.