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Contracting Diversity News

We established this diversity-in-contracting focus journal in 2005 to help the DBE, M/WBE, DVBE, and small business community stay informed about pertinent public procurement news and events.


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WA

Governor Inslee issues contracting equity order and revises MWVBE guidance

Governor Jay Inslee has announced that he is signing one executive order on Equity in Public Contracting (EO 22-01) and, additionally, rescinding Directive 98-01, an earlier directive issued by then-Governor Gary Locke in ...


Published Jan 17, 2022

TN

Tennessee increases its spending with disadvantaged businesses

According to the Tennessee Department of General Services (DGS), the state has had a banner year for spending with small businesses and business owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, or service-disabled ve...


Published Jan 17, 2022




WA

Clark Public Utilities Notice to Vendors

CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES NOTICE TO VENDORSClark Public Utilities of Clark County, Washington, has established vendor lists for supplying materials, equipment and supplies under RCW 54.04.082 and ...


Published Jan 05, 2022

WA

Clark Public Utilities Small Works Roster and Professional Engineering & Architects Roster

CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES SMALL WORKS ROSTER & PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTS ROSTERClark Public Utilities is updating its Small Works Roster for public works projects under Three H...


Published Jan 05, 2022



PA

Pennsylvania announces 30 percent increase in small, diverse and veteran business spending

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced in a press release that the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) has released its annual report for 2021, which details a 30 percent increase ove...


Published Jan 03, 2022

NY

Governor Hochul announces NY leads nation in MWBE utilization

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that the state has exceeded its minority- and woman-owned business (MWBE) utilization goal for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The goal for the period was set at 30 percent, an...


Published Dec 22, 2021

MD

MDOT raises personal net worth cap for MBEs

The Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) has announced that effective January 1st, 2022, the personal net worth cap for firms certified as minority-owned businesses (...


Published Dec 22, 2021



CA

California bill requires state to make ongoing efforts to expand SBE pool

California Assembly Bill 1574 (also known as the Leveraging State Procurement for an Inclusive Economic Recovery Act of 2021), which was approved by the Governor in October of 2021 and has been passed into law, would requi...


Published Dec 22, 2021

TX

Travis County seeks to expand HUB program to LGBTBEs

The Travis County Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program is looking into the possibility of adding LGBT-owned business enterprises (LGBTBEs) to its procedures. The move comes after the presentation of a study by...


Published Dec 16, 2021

Nat'l

White House raises federal SDB goal to 11 percent

The Biden-Harris administration recently announced a slate of federal procurement reforms which are taken with the aim of increasing utilization of small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), a category of minority-owned busine...


Published Dec 10, 2021



LA

Louisiana DOT exceeds DBE participation goal

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has announced that it exceeded its disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation goal for the 2020-2021 fiscal year ending on September 30, 2021. Th...


Published Dec 10, 2021

Nat'l

FAR Council publishes final rule on good-faith efforts

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council published a final rule on September 10, 2021 clarifying how contracting officers should evaluate a "good faith effort" (GFE) made by a prime contractor to comply with a smal...


Published Nov 24, 2021

MD

City of Frederick launches MWBE program

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen for the City of Frederick have approved municipal legislation which will create Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program complete with contract participation goals and a Small B...


Published Nov 24, 2021

Nat'l

VETs Act to raise SDVOSB goal introduced

United States Representatives Trey Hollingsworth and Frank Mrvan, both of Indiana, have introduced a congressional bill, H.R.5953, which would raise the current federal contracting participation goal for Service-Disabled V...


Published Nov 17, 2021

MD

Harford County plans MWBE disparity study

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has announced that the county will begin a disparity study into the contract awards it makes. Specifically, the study will examine if there are disparities in awards made to minority...


Published Nov 08, 2021