Major Changes proposed for the District’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program
On Tuesday, November 19th, members of the DC City Council introduced two pieces of legislation that would drastically alter the way in which Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s) are regulated and operated within the District. The first piece of legislation was Bill 23-0545, the “Small Business Procurement Reform Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019” was introduced by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie and had 6 other co-introducers. The second piece of legislation was Bill 23-0549, the “Local Business Support Amendment Act of 2019”. Bill 23-0549 was co-introduced by Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and David Grosso.
As currently introduced, this legislative package would create a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Ombudsman. This independent authority would oversee all complaints; disputes and questions related to the CBE process. The Ombudsman would be an independently appointed position and would be appointed to individual 5-year terms. As part of new department, the legislation ...