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PBGC’s Use of the Women Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program (AUD-2019-11/PA-18-130), issued July 02, 2019

We found that PBGC awarded just one Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) set-aside in FY 2018. This award was performed properly, but limited our assessment of PBGC’s compliance, as further discussed below in Other Matters. We also reviewed the organizational alignment and duties of the PBGC’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Director. While PBGC complied with the Small Business Act (the Act) requirement of appointing an OSDBU Director, the Corporation has not complied with the requirements for aligning the OSDBU Director within the reporting hierarchy of the Corporation. Furthermore, the OSDBU Director has not provided training to contracting officers for the various small business programs. As a result, firms in SBA’s contracting assistance programs may not be receiving federal contract opportunities through exclusive set-aside and sole-source contracts meant to ensure small businesses receive a fair share of federal contracting dollars. The report contained two recommendations related to the organizational alignment of the OSDBU and training of staff on the current WOSB program. PBGC management agreed with the recommendations.

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