Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services - Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Contracts
Legal and Regulatory Requirements for Contractors and Consultants
Requirements for Participation of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises in State Contracts: Executive Law Article 15-A

The Office of General Services encourages the participation of minorities and women in its procurement and building construction projects. Per Executive Law, Article 15-A, construction contracts in excess of $100,000 and consultant contracts in excess of $25,000 contain affirmative action requirements for the use of certified MWBEs as subcontractors and suppliers. Within five days after the bid opening, contractors and consultants must submit a utilization plan listing the certified MWBE firms the prime contractor/consultant will to use to comply with the contract;s MWBE provision.

To support these efforts, only firms certified by the New York State Department of Economic Development as Minority-Owned Business Enterprises and/or Women-Owned Business Enterprises are accepted toward specific goal requirements. A complete directory of certified MWBEs is available on the New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women's Business Development website:

The OGS Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises monitors each utilization plan to assess the "good faith" efforts for meeting contract MWBE goals. Each month, contractors/consultants are required to report payments to subcontractors and suppliers through the New York State Contracts System, which can be found at: https://ny.newnycontracts.com

Contact
Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises
New York State Office of General Services
Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
Email: MWBE@ogs.ny.gov
Tel: 518-486-9284
Fax: 518-486-9285