WSSC Commissioners Approve Changes to Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise Program Policies

Policy Changes Reflect 2015 Disparity Study Recommendations

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Laurel – March 15, 2017: WSSC commissioners voted today during their monthly meeting to adopt changes to WSSC’s Small, Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) program policies.

The newly adopted policies incorporate race and gender updates for small businesses directly from the 2015 Disparity Study. Moving forward, gender and race will not be considered when qualifying a small business for the SLBE program. The MBE program will take a small business’ gender and race into consideration.

  • Contract-specific subcontracting requirements;
  • Expanded unbundling of large contracts;
  • Expedited payments;
  • Mentor-Protégé Program;
  • Bid price preferences;
  • Evaluation point preferences;
  • Optimized Diverse Business Development Program (formerly the Sheltered Market Program);
  • Small Contract Rotations Program; and
  • Graduation Program

p>The updates set forth in WSSC’s MBE program include updated recommended MBE preferences in the four contracting areas of Architecture and Engineering, Construction, Goods and General Services and Professional Services.

With WSSC’s MBE program scheduled to sunset on July 1, 2017, the Commission is working with legislators to ensure that this program is reauthorized.  

As a reminder, interested parties are invited to attend one of two public hearings to review the updated policies: 

Prince George’s County:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WSSC Main Headquarters

14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Montgomery County:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Silver Spring Civic Building

1 Veterans Plaza (GPS 8525 Fenton St)

Silver Spring, MD

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and learn about current and upcoming contracting and business opportunities with WSSC.

Individuals can submit comments to the updated policies during the open public comment period, which runs from Wednesday, March 15, 2017, through Monday, April 17, 2017. Comments can be submitted via email to Public comment forms are also available by visiting

For additional information and to review the new SLBE and MBE program policies, visit the WSSC website or contact the WSSC SLMBE Office via email at or call 301.206.8800.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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