MBE Program Extension

Important Message from Special Secretary Zenita Wickham Hurley

Dear Business Owner or Advocate:

As you may be aware, Chapter 154, Laws of Maryland 2012, reauthorized and extended the MBE Program until 2016 and required the Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA), in consultation with the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Attorney General, to establish regulations on how the participation of MBE prime contractors would be counted toward contract goals.  Previously, State law prohibited MBE primes from counting their own participation to meet contract goals.

After considering information gathered from various sources, including federal laws, anecdotal data received at public outreach sessions and data provided in the State’s disparity study, it is with great pleasure I announce that a proposed regulation change allowing MBE prime contractors to count their self-performance on State contracts with MBE goals for up to 50% of any established MBE contract goal and 100% of one of the MBE contract subgoals has been published in the April 4, 2014 Maryland Register (http://www.dsd.state.md.us/MDRegister/4107.pdf).  This amended policy will expand opportunities for minority- and women-owned firms to participate as prime contractors in State procurement, thereby increasing their capacities.

As always, GOMA welcomes your feedback on this new policy proposal.  Comments may be sent to Kesa Bruce, GOMA’s Policy Analyst, by mail to 6 St. Paul Street, Suite 1502, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, by email to mbegoal.goma@maryland.gov, by phone to 410-767-8232, or by fax to 410-333-7568.  All comments must be received by May 5, 2015.  We anticipate the regulation will become effective this summer.  For additional information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 410-767-8232.

Sincerely,

Zenita Wickham Hurley

Special Secretary