FOR THE HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
Deputy Director for Management
Order 13157, "Increasing Opportunities for Women-Owned Small
Section 4 of Executive Order 13157, entitled "Other Responsibilities
of Federal Agencies," each federal agency is required to designate
a Senior Acquisition Official who will work with the Small Business
Administration (SBA) to identify and promote contracting opportunities
for women-owned small business (WOSB) firms. The designated individual
should be at a sufficient level within the organization to affect
the acquisition strategy relative to procurement opportunities.
In addition, your agency is strongly encouraged to establish similar
positions at subordinate commands or activity levels.
the expectations of the Executive Order, it is recommended that
at least the following responsibilities be incorporated in the role
of the Senior Acquisition Official:
an Agency-wide long term WOSB strategic plan;
special initiatives, including outreach, training, and technical
assistance efforts to enhance WOSB participation in prime contracting
and subcontracting opportunities;
the prime contracts and subcontract awards to WOSB concerns;
- Serve as
the Agency liaison with the Assistant Administrator for the Office
of Federal Contract Assistance for Women Business Owners (CAWBO)
at the SBA;
- Serve as
a resource to the Director, Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Office in review and development of acquisitions that enhance
opportunities for WOSB concerns; and
- Report agency
progress in implementing the Executive Order on a semi-annual
basis to the Assistant Administrator of the Federal CAWBO at the
the name of your Senior Acquisition Official by November 30, 2000,
to the following address:
Small Business Administration
Attn: Luz Hopewell, Associate Administrator for Government Contracting
409 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20416
Section 4 of Executive Order 13157, Departments and Agencies are
required to take specific steps in working with the SBA to enhance
procurement opportunities for women-owned small businesses. Accordingly,
SBA requests that each Department/Agency report the following information
on a semi-annual basis. SBA will develop and provide to each reporting
Department and Agency an interactive reporting system to simplify
reporting and increase accuracy and timeliness of reports.
requirements shall include the following:
and procedures in place that require contracting officers to include
WOSBs in competitive acquisitions.
- Agency tracking
procedures for contracting activity with WOSBs.
of mentor-protégé programs, which include WOSB firms.
as well as industry-specific outreach, training and technical
assistance programs for WOSBs offered.
and technical assistance programs for WOSBs.
- Use of government
acquisitions forecasts to assist WOSBs in developing their products,
skills, business planning practices and marketing techniques.
- Steps taken
to develop procedures to increase compliance by prime contractors
with subcontracting plans involving WOSBs.
- Number of
contract actions and total contracting dollars awarded to WOSBs
for the last FY.
- Status of
meeting WOSB goal for current FY.
- Steps Department/Agency
have taken to consult with and seek information and advice from
state and local governments, WOSBs, other private-sector partners,
and other experts in developing the long-term comprehensive strategies.