Identify Barriers Faced by Underserved Groups to Access Federal Procurement Opportunities

Kansas City District Office  - June 2021

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OFPP and DOE Crowdsourcing Campaign to Identify Barriers Faced by Underserved Groups to Access Federal Procurement Opportunities

The Federal government is committed to pursuing a comprehensive approach to improve diversity and equity in the federal marketplace for those who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality, such as:

  • Persons with disabilities.
  • Business owners who are people of color.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority Serving Institution (MSIs); and
  • Businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) areas.

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Energy (DOE) are co-hosting a two-week crowdsourcing campaign to identify barriers faced by underserved groups that prevent them from full and equal access to federal procurement opportunities.

Click HERE to participate in this campaign

You are invited to share your ideas. All ideas are welcome, and OFPP/DOE are especially interested in input on:  

  • Specific contracting policies, procedures, and practices creating disparities in outcomes and inequities in access and opportunity
  • Real-world examples/experiences that illustrate barriers faced by historically underserved groups
  • Patterns or trends, supported by data, that indicate inequity
  • Barriers unique to or associated with science and research procurements

Join the campaign at any time June 1 – June 15 to submit your ideas, or comment and vote on ideas submitted by others.

Your contributions will help shape plans and solutions that dismantle obstacles embedded in the federal acquisition system and promote equity in federal procurement activities.


Disclaimer: SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any products, service, or entity.