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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.



City of Toledo releases Disparity Study

The City of Toledo has announced the delivery of its first-ever disparity study into the experiences of minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) in City contracting. The study was conducted in an attempt to d...

Published Oct 24, 2022


Baltimore releases results of MWBE disparity study

The Office of Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott has released to the Board of Estimates the results of a disparity study of work overseen by the Minority and Women's Business Opportunity Office (MWBOO). The study found stati...

Published Oct 17, 2022


USDOT solicits comments on NPRM due by Oct 31, 2022

The deadline for stakeholder public comment on the ACDBE and DBE Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on July 21, 2022 is coming up. The deadline has been extended to...

Published Oct 11, 2022


New York Governor signs MWBE legislation package

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed a package of legislation affecting minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) into law. The three bills (those being A9259-A/S3390-A, A6420/S571, and A10459/S9351)...

Published Oct 10, 2022


White House issues memorandum on SDB utilization

The White House issued a memorandum on October 4th directing the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the twenty-three other large federal agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990 (including the Depa...

Published Oct 06, 2022


VOSB verification to transfer from VA to SBA

Responsibility for verification of ownership of all veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) is set to be transferred from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...

Published Sep 30, 2022


New York City surpasses 10-year OneNYC MWBE goal

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim have jointly announced that the City has exceeded its OneNYC goal of awarding a cumulative $25 billion ...

Published Sep 27, 2022


Los Angeles Mayor signs new MWBE directive

Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles has signed Executive Directive (ED) 35, consisting of an initiative requiring City departments to respond to findings of the recent report, entitled "The Power of Procurement: Advancing E...

Published Sep 21, 2022


Pennsylvania bill to include veteran businesses in existing certification

The Pennsylvania House Commerce Committee is considering a bill, House Bill 2682, which would include veteran-owned businesses (VBEs) within the category of small diverse businesses (SDBs) This would mean VBEs would no lon...

Published Sep 21, 2022


California DGS issues notice of proposed SBE/DVBE rulemaking

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning regulations affecting the Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (SBE and DVBE) programs....

Published Sep 01, 2022


City of Chicago sets 2023-2025 DBE goal

The City of Chicago has announced its DBE participation goal for projects receiving federal funding during fiscal years 2023 through 2025. The City is required to do so as a recipient of federal transportation funding....

Published Sep 01, 2022


City of Alexandria completes MWBE disparity study

The City of Alexandria has released the results of a disparity study, begun in 2020, into the experiences of minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) in City contracting. The disparity study was conducted by means of e...

Published Aug 29, 2022


NYC Department of Design and Construction creates MWBE pre-qualified list

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) has announced that it has created the City's first Pre-Qualified List (or PQL) that is specific to minority- and woman-owned business (MWBEs) general contractor...

Published Aug 16, 2022


National Defense Authorization Act includes Small Business Provisions

The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in July 2022, includes several provisions aimed at boosting the ability of small businesses to compete for government contracts.Those pro...

Published Aug 15, 2022


Shelby County to relaunch its MWBE program

Shelby County is preparing to relaunch its program for minority- and woman-owned businesses (MWBEs) through its Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance (EOC). The program has been halted since November of 2020 after a lawsu...

Published Aug 15, 2022