Today's Date: May 29, 2024
Capgemini announces new project with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on quantum computing for energy transition   •   Rent-A-Center Opens Store in Espanola, New Mexico   •   Cirium’s Emerald Sky Set to Transform Aircraft Emissions and Fuel Burn Data Accuracy   •   World Premiere of Minecraft’s First Touring Interactive Experience Set to Open in Dallas, September 20, 2024   •   Interface Releases 2024 Design Trend Index   •   The United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life and United to Beat Malaria campaigns launch Healthy Start for Refugee Children initiat   •   Mind The Female Funding Gap: Influential 'Women in Blockchain' Reveal Endemic Investment Barriers & Advocate For An Egalitar   •   Katten Named Among "Best Law Firms for Women & Diversity"   •   Connecticut College Selects YuJa Panorama Digital Accessibility Platform to Streamline and Boost Accessibility Campuswide   •   Haymarket Medical Education to Host Two Satellite Symposia at SLEEP 2024, Reinforcing Commitment to Sleep Medicine Clinicians in   •   North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council Announces Expansion of Technician Training Program   •   KIEHL'S PARTNERS WITH THE ALI FORNEY CENTER AND INTRODUCES KIEHL'S OPEN DOORS: A NEW PHILANTHROPIC PLATFORM SUPPORTING LGBTQIA2+   •   Cincinnati Children's to expand clinical trials with launch of Applied Gene and Cell Therapy Center   •   NEW SURVEY LAUNCHES IN HOPES OF IMPROVING THE FINANCIAL AID & ECONOMIC EXPERIENCES OF FAMILIES   •   Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Renews Commitment to Conservation with Continued Support of Trust for Public Land   •   ArcBest Partners with Scholarship America to Offer Company's Inaugural Employee Dependent Scholarship Program   •   Infinite Electronics Announces Reforestation Initiative Resulting in Over 11,000 New Trees to Be Planted   •   BORN PRIMITIVE LAUNCHES COMMEMORATIVE SAVAGE 1 TRAINING SHOE FOR 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY   •   Top Trends Coming out of the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas   •   Church Pension Group to Host Webinar About the Denominational Health Plan and the Lay Employee Pension System
Bookmark and Share

Bill Protects Minority, Women-Owned Businesses

 WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey has introduced a bill aimed at protecting minority and women-owned businesses. The bill will prevent contractors from fraudulently adding minority and women-owned businesses to bids without the intention of following through to deliver work to listed sub-contractors. In Pennsylvania alone, there are over 80,000 minority business enterprises (MBE) employing more than 87,000 workers and over 327,000 women business enterprises (WBE) employing about 470,000 workers.

“Especially in the current economic climate, supporting small businesses is vital to our economic recovery,” said Senator Casey.  “This piece of legislation will help women and minority-owned businesses by protecting them from fraud and providing support for them to grow and create jobs.”

“We applaud Senator Casey for his efforts in righting wrongs.  Our MSDC certified-MBEs provide innovation, cost savings, and timely delivery and should be afforded every opportunity to fully serve its customers.  Ultimately, this bill levels the playing field for certified-MBEs, spurs business growth and puts Americans back to work,” said Alex Nichols and Wade Colclough, both president and chief executive officers representing  Eastern and Western PA Minority Supplier Development Councils - a corporate members purchasing council and affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

In some cases, prime contractors have reportedly listed MBEs or WBEs as sub-contractors on their bids in order to strengthen their applications. This sometimes occurs without the knowledge of the MBE or WBE.  When a contract is awarded, the MBE or WBE are sometimes unaware of their inclusion in the contract and sometimes do not receive the business from that contract.  This bill would:

•           Require subcontractors identified on a solicitation for a competitive proposal made by an executive agency be notified by the prime contractor before the application is submitted.  A written agreement between the prime contractor and the subcontractor must be submitted to the contracting officer that includes the identity of the subcontractor, the scope of the work to be performed under the subcontract and the dollar amount of the subcontract.

•           Failure to notify subcontractors of their inclusion on proposals will result in the following: First time offense: fine of 20 percent of the overall contract; second time offense: fine of fifty percent and prohibited from seeking federal contracts for one year; third time offense: permanently prohibited from seeking federal contracts.

•           Establish a reporting mechanism that allows a subcontractor to report fraudulent activity by a contractor.


STORY TAGS: BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICAN NEWS, WOMEN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, DIVERSITY, FEMALE, UNDERREPRESENTED, EQUALITY, GENDER BIAS, EQUALITY



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News