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On May 1, 2022, SBA began holding in abeyance the requirement that firms annually attest to their continued eligibility for the WOSB Program (13 C.F.R. §§ 127.400(a)(1)—(2)).
 
As stated at the time, SBA was experiencing technical difficulties with the online annual attestation process. SBA is continuing to identify beta.Certify.gov technical issues and refine its processes.

Subsequently, the annual attestation requirement at 13 C.F.R. §§ 127.400(a)(1)—(2) remains in abeyance until futher notice. This means WOSB Program participants do not need to annually attest to their continued eligibility at this time.

Participants must still follow the program requirement detailed in 13 C.F.R. §§ 127.400(b): “Any concern seeking to remain a certified WOSB or EDWOSB must undergo a program examination and recertify its continued eligibility to SBA every three years.”

Additionally, participants should remain aware of the regulation at 13 C.F.R. § 127.401: “Once certified, a WOSB or EDWOSB must notify SBA of any material changes that could affect its eligibility within 30 calendar days of any such change. Material change includes, but is not
 
limited to, a change in the ownership, business structure, or management. The notification must be in writing and must be uploaded into the concern's profile with SBA.
 
The method for notifying SBA can be found on https://certify.sba.gov. A concern's failure to notify SBA of such a material change may result in decertification and removal from SAM and DSBS (or any successor system) as a designated certified WOSB/EDWOSB concern.
 
In addition, SBA may seek the imposition of penalties under § 127.700.”

 

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Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program Office of Government Contracting & Business Development 
U.S. Small Business Administration 
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