Marilyn Strickland Rep. Office Announcement.
U.S. Congressman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) leads colleagues to tell U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young to change how the federal government recognizes military spouse-owned businesses I asked. This change will ensure that military spouse entrepreneurs are properly represented and accountable.
“The federal government must do everything in its power to support military spouses of entrepreneurs.” Senator Strickland said.. “I urge Secretary Young to approve businesses owned by military spouses to ensure that they receive the support they need to provide their families.”
The policy change will allow U.S. military spouse-owned businesses to identify themselves in the Federal Procurement Data System, which is overseen by OMB’s Office of Federal Acquisition Policy. Congress and federal agencies use the Federal Procurement Data System to inform policy decisions and provide reports on trends. That said, collecting data on military spouse-owned businesses could lead to better federal insights into the support these businesses need and encourage more spouse-owned businesses. I mean Bid and receive federal contracts.
The unemployment rate for military spouses has reached 20%, and about 63% report underemployment. Many people also experience employment discrimination that forces them to exclude traditional employment opportunities. As a result, military spouses often turn to entrepreneurship as a way to support their families.
The letter included Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-WA-10), Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN-7), Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16), and Derek Kilmer. (D-WA-06), signed by Dr. Shrie Kim. (D-WA-08), Jill Tokuda (D-HI-02), Rick Larsen (D-WA-02), Mike Levin (D-CA-49), Chrissy Hoolahan (D-PA-06) , Sarah Jacobs (D-CA-51), Dean Phillips (D-MN-03), Susan K. Derbene (D-WA-10), Chris Pappas (D-NH-01), Stephen Horse Ford (D-NV-04), James C. Moylan (Republican-GU).
You can read the full text of the letter below. here.
Dear Young Director,
Request policy change from OMB
One of the many ways we can support military spouse entrepreneurs and close the unemployment gap is through federal contract opportunities. Therefore, we respectfully ask your agent to:
- Make federal procurement policy changes that allow companies to self-identify in the Federal Procurement Data System as military spouse-owned businesses.
- Please indicate what support you need from Congress, either administratively or through the annual budget, to implement this policy change.
Small businesses owned by military spouses can compete for government contracting opportunities, but we want to make sure these entrepreneurs are properly represented and accountable. thinking about.
The federal government does not currently track the level of participation of military spouses in government-wide contracting opportunities. As a result, there is no way for Congress to know potential trends in the number of military spouses won by bidding on federal contracts, or the level of corporate participation to begin addressing any deficiencies that may exist. .
Federal Procurement Data System
As you know, the purpose of the Federal Procurement Data System, overseen by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy within the agency, is to be a centralized database for government contract transactions intended to ensure trust and transparency. The award information available in this system is used by the President, Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and other agencies to inform policy decisions and provide reports on trends.
In addition, the Federal Procurement Data System includes a data element dictionary containing data entity lists consisting of various self-proclaimed companies, such as women-owned, veteran-owned, disabled veteran-owned, Asian-American-owned, and black-American-owned. is already included. , and many more. The federal government needs to step up and eventually approve military spouse-owned businesses by adding them to this list.
Challenges Facing Military Spouses
Military spouses are committed to serving the nation in many meaningful ways, but employment discrimination, access to child care and other challenges still hurt their ability to stay employed and find new jobs. is given. In fact, a military spouse faces an unemployment rate of her 20%, with almost 63% reporting being underemployed. . As a result, many spouses turn to self-employment or entrepreneurship to support their families.
We must do everything we can to support these entrepreneurs. To do that, start by making sure they are recognized in the Federal Procurement Data System.
Thank you for considering this request. We look forward to hearing from you and working together to address this important issue.