42 U.S. Code § 13556 - Disadvantaged business enterprises

§ 13556.
Disadvantaged business enterprises
(a) General ruleTo the extent practicable, the head of each agency shall provide that the obligation of not less than 10 percent of the total combined amounts obligated for contracts and subcontracts by each agency under this Act and amendments made by this Act pursuant to competitive procedures within the meaning of either division C (except sections 3302, 3307(e), 3501(b), 3509, 3906, 4710, and 4711) of subtitle I of title 41, or chapter 137 of title 10, shall be expended either with—
small business concerns controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or women;
historically Black colleges and universities;
colleges and universities having a student body in which more than 20 percent of the students are Hispanic Americans or Native Americans; or
qualified HUBZone small business concerns.
(b) DefinitionsFor purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
The term “small business concern” has the meaning such term has under section 632 of title 15. However, for purposes of contracts and subcontracts requiring engineering services the applicable size standard shall be that established for military and aerospace equipment and military weapons.
The term “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals” has the meaning such term has under section 637(d) of title 15 and relevant subcontracting regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
The term “qualified HUBZone small business concern” has the meaning given that term in section 632(p) of title 15.
References in Text

This Act, referred to in subsec. (a), is Pub. L. 102–486, Oct. 24, 1992, 106 Stat. 2776, known as the Energy Policy Act of 1992. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 13201 of this title and Tables.


In subsec. (a), “division C (except sections 3302, 3307(e), 3501(b), 3509, 3906, 4710, and 4711) of subtitle I of title 41” substituted for “the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 251 et seq.)” on authority of Pub. L. 111–350, § 6(c), Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 3854, which Act enacted Title 41, Public Contracts.


1997—Subsec. (a)(4). Pub. L. 105–135, § 604(g)(1), added par. (4).

Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 105–135, § 604(g)(2), added par. (3).

Effective Date of 1997 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 105–135 effective Oct. 1, 1997, see section 3 of Pub. L. 105–135, set out as a note under section 631 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade.


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