Action Needed To Bring Minority Business Awards Into Compliance With 1980 Amendment

GGD-81-38: Published: Dec 31, 1980. Publicly Released: Dec 31, 1980.

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The Minority Contracting Act was amended in 1980 to strengthen the minority business program in the District of Columbia. One of the provisions of the amendment was to ensure that 50 percent of the contracts from the District would go to minority firms, and that, if subcontracting occurred, 50 percent of the subcontract work would be performed by minority firms. This would limit awards to minority businesses who merely serve as middlemen.

Contracts now in effect in the District did not take the new amendments into consideration. Pertinent contracting officers have not been informed of the new regulations, and plans have been made to incorporate the new regulations into future procurements in the District.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Director, District Department of General Services should take prompt action to (1) provide guidance implementing the new provisions of the Act; and (2) bring all future awards, including those in process, into compliance with District law.

    Agency Affected: District of Columbia: Department of General Services


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