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DOE joins other federal agencies in ending set-asides
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Energy plans to drop the contracting programs it sets aside for small, disadvantaged businesses (SDB) and women-owned businesses.
In revising the acquisition policies it uses to administer its $16 billion worth of procurement programs, the DOE has decided it will no longer provide contract opportunities exclusively for disadvantaged and women-owned businesses.
The department will, however, retain three pilot projects the agency's largest contractors can use to make awards to small businesses.
Dropping the set-aside clause could affect part of the $1 billion in …