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Minority owned bidding.

I recently bid on a state contract within the US.  I am not a minority or women owned business and I knew that the state had a set-aside of points for being a M/WOB but I still thought I had a good chance.

Then I found that companies sending work to India were also able to claim Minority status as Indian's are considered a minority in the US.  So even though my price was in the same line, they would win by claiming minority status.

I am not against the set asides as I understand that businesses do discriminate enough that it is necessary.  However, am I missing something for thinking this is crazy? 

BiddingForWork
Monday, July 14, 2003

Unfuckingbelievable.

Argh!
Monday, July 14, 2003

Boy, this would make for a very, very juicy troll for the guys over at The Wall Street Journal.

You should contact one of the relevant journalists over there.

Burninator
Monday, July 14, 2003

No kidding Trogdor...

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GiorgioG
Monday, July 14, 2003

Are you certain that the additional 'points' are due to the work being done by Indians in India? I would guess that more likely there is a US company that is fronting the work, and that US company is classified in a way that adds points. If the latter is the case, I believe that it may fall into a common pattern in which a front company is used to obtain additional 'points' on a bid, and that front company then subcontracts the work out to other suppliers who may not qualify for 'points' on their own.

Dan Brown
Monday, July 14, 2003

Dan -- Good point. 

According to the state (which I do not mention just in case...) This is all public record.  An Indian owned company is operating in the US, as a MOB.  The owners are not residents of the US, but the business does have a US office.

A front?  If so, it seems an amazing loop hole.  Again, I don't mind bidding or even the MOB/WOB point system, but it would seem even the MOB would have an issue here.

BiddingForWork
Monday, July 14, 2003

Just give your wife a majority share in your company.  Voila, you have a woman-owned business.

Phillip J. Eby
Tuesday, July 15, 2003

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