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Monday, October 6, 2008

Glass Ceiling on Government Contracts?

SnoweLast Thursday, the New York Times reported that although women own almost half of all small businesses in the country, generating $2 trillion in revenue, they are awarded only 3.4% of annual federal contracts. In 2000, Congress voted to put in place safeguards so that businesses owned by women would be awarded at least 5% of such contracts, but implementing that legislation has been difficult. Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine (pictured) is dismissing as "a sham" the Small Business Association's proposed rule to implement Congress's directive from 2000.

She and 15 other women in the Senate have written to the S.B.A. to urge the agency to revisit the rule. Meanwhile, according to, the Senate is considering a measure (or was in August) that would block the implementation of the proposed S.B.A. rule.

[Jeremy Telman]

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WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy) is an organization geared towards ensuring women owned businesses obtain more government contracts.

Additionally, with the introduction and implementation of the stimulus package/ ARRA of 2009, the businesses that will have the advantage of winning contracts will be the GSA Schedule holders. For more information about ARRA and GSA, please view my article on or

Thank you,
Jennifer Schaus
Jennifer Schaus & Associates
Washington, DC

Posted by: Jennifer Schaus | Apr 18, 2009 12:16:55 PM

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