The American FlagApogee Solutions is proud to be both a certified Economically Disadvantaged, Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and a certified Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB).  The creation of a rule to increase federal contracting opportunities for Woman-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) was authorized by Congress in 2000.  Since that time, the Small Business Administration (SBA) took a number of steps to study and analyze the market, including looking at participation by women-owned small businesses across all industries. 

WOSB Repository Documentation:

Contracting Officers have access to the WOSB Repository available at https://certify.sba.gov.  Pursuant to FAR 19.1505(e), Contracting officers must check whether the apparent successful offeror provided all the required eligibility documents set forth in 13 CFR 127.300(d) or (e).  Contracting Officers must access the WOSB Repository through MAX.gov using their PIV or CAC card and request access to the eligibility documents provided by the successful offeror.  Contracting Officers may view the eligibility documents only if the apparent successful offeror approves their request.  Apogee Solutions has filed the required documents in the WOSB Repository at SBA One Contracting Portal.  

EDWOSB and WOSB Set-Aside and Sole-Source Awards:

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that 83 industries, ranging from facilities support to computer systems design, are in industries where women are traditionally underrepresented.  It is important to note that all EDWOSB are also WOSB, but not all WOSB are EDWOSB because they do not meet certain, government-defined criteria.  If a NAICS Code is assigned to a contract solicitation in an industry in which WOSBs are substantially underrepresented, a set-aside or sole-source award may be made to a WOSB.  If a NAICS Code is assigned to a contract solicitation in an industry in which WOSBs are underrepresented, a set-aside or sole-source award may be made to an EDWOSB.  

Four Requirements for a Sole-Source Contract:

The FAR Council’s Interim Final Rule implementing sole source authority became effective on December 31, 2015.  For a WOSB Sole-Source Contract, four requirements must be met:

  1. Is the contract in a WOSB/EDWOSB eligible NAICS code?
  2. Is the contract (including options) valued at $6.5 million or less for manufacturing contracts or $4 million or less for all other contracts?
  3. Can the contract be awarded to the WOSB/EDWOSB at a fair and reasonable price?
  4. In the determination of the contracting officer, is there a reasonable expectation that there is only one WOSB/EDWOSB that can perform?

Some of the Components of the Women-Owned Small Business Rule Include:

  • To be eligible, a firm must be 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more women, and primarily managed by one or more women. The women must be U.S. citizens.
  • The firm must be “small” in its primary industry in accordance with SBA’s size standards for that industry.
  • In order for a WOSB to be deemed “economically disadvantaged,” its owners must demonstrate economic disadvantage in accordance with the requirements set forth in the final rule.
  • The final rule identifies 83 industries (identified by “NAICS” codes) in which women-owned small businesses are under-represented or substantially under-represented in federal procurements.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 removed the caps on the contract award size for which WOSB and EDWOSB concerns have been able to compete.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 allows “sole source” awards to WOSBs or EDWOSBs in appropriate circumstances.