Disparity Study

WSSC Water 2020 Disparity Study

WSSC Water, in its efforts to continue the integrity and support of its Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program, has launched its 2020 Disparity Study (“Study.”) The Study will assess the Commission’s procurement activity with minority and women-owned business enterprises for Fiscal Years 2015 through 2019.  MGT Consulting Group, Inc.  (“MGT”) has been chosen to conduct this independent study.

The study will analyze the utilization and availability of firms in the marketplace, calculate any disparities that may exist, and collect anecdotal data from business owners, professional organizations, and WSSC Water personnel.

The 2020 Disparity Study outcomes will include:

  • A determination of the extent to which MBEs participate in the procurement of construction, architectural and engineering, goods and services, and professional services with the Commission.
  • A determination of if MBE participation is representative of the availability of MBE firms who are ready, willing, and able to participate in Commission contracts.
  • A determination of whether discrimination exists, and if found, identify by race, ethnicity, and gender of affected individuals as identified.
  • Best practices to assist in administering the MBE program and the establishment of an overall aspirational goal.

All business owners, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or MBE/SLBE certification status, are strongly encouraged to participate in the study via public engagement meetings, interviews, surveys, and/or direct input. Your comments and/or recommendations may be used to modify WSSC Water’s existing procurement policies, including the Minority Business Enterprise and Small Local Business Enterprise programs. At any point during the study, business owners, both minority owned and nonminority owned firms, may submit their comments regarding their experiences doing business, or attempting to do business, with WSSC Water by emailing wsscdisparitystudy@mgtconsulting.com. Input submitted via email is confidential and directed to the consultant team only.

Public Engagement Meeting dates, times, and locations will be posted to this page when event details have been finalized.

The Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion is dedicated to creating an inclusive purchasing environment by encouraging the use of minority and small local businesses on WSSC Water contracts, through fair & inclusive contracting goals, and by cultivating the growth of small, local and minority business enterprises in the communities we serve.

We look forward to receiving feedback from the Supplier community and WSSC Water Stakeholders.

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