Columbia, Maryland (PressExposure) May 17, 2012 -- For Immediate Release - Included in the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House Armed Services Committee last week, is a package of small business procurement reforms that aims to greatly improve the ability of small businesses to win government contracts. However in a direct blow to businesses owned and operated by women, H.R. 4203, the Women's Procurement Program Improvement Act of 2012, was excluded from the National Defense Authorization Act.
Gloria Larkin, President of TargetGov, an Educational Foundation Board member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) expressed disappointment in law makers. "How can Congress ignore 7.8 million women-owned businesses and those who are trying to serve the nation providing services and products in the $500 billion market? The omission of H.R. 4203 places the Women-Owned Small Business program below other small business procurement programs instead of on equal footing." Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) strongly supports Women-Owned Small Businesses programs and these much needed changes. Mrs. Larkin and WIPP have been at the forefront of advocating for them.
"Much to WIPP's dismay, the bill most important to the women-owned businesses in this country, H.R. 4203, the Women's Procurement Program Improvement Act of 2012, was not included in the package," said Barbara Kasoff, WIPP's President. "Since the government has never met its 5% goal for contracting with women owned firms, we need the changes included in H.R. 4203 to strengthen the Women-Owned Small Business program." Kasoff said.
Although the bill was passed by the House Small Business Committee earlier this year, it was not included in the package of small business procurement amendments adopted by the House Armed Services Committee. The House expects to consider the NDAA next week.
Gloria Larkin, National Marketing and Business Development Expert, is President of Marketing Outsource Associates, Inc. (MOA) and its division, TargetGov. The TargetGov division focuses on government procurement and related business development and marketing services including minority certification services, contract development, proposal management, contract administration and expert federal contracting services. Larkin has been interviewed on MSNBC, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Inc.com and TheStreet.com and is the author of two books: "The Basic Guide To the U.S. Federal Government" (book & Kindle) and "The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business" now in the fourth printing (book & Kindle). For more information go to http://www.targetgov.com, or call 410-772-3914.
WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization, advocating on behalf of nearly one-million women-owned businesses representing 61 business organizations. WIPP provides timely economic policy information, identifies important trends and opportunities to its membership and provides a collaborative model for the public and private sectors to increase the economic power of women-owned businesses. Visit [http://www.wipp.org].