WILFONG’S THOUGHT OF THE DAY| JANUARY 19, 2008
ISSUE STATEMENT NO. 3695: SO, WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT….
We understand the frustration of folk who have little or no input into what goes on in Washington. We’ve had a great opportunity over the last eight years to engage in “inputing”-from a prime, observation and advice, position point, in Washington, D.C. During that time, we’ve been in and out of the White House; we’ve been in and out of the SBA Headquarters; we roamed the halls of all three House Office Buildings, and The Russell Senate Office Building. We talked a lot. and we responded a lot, when asked. But, we often wonder, “Do they really listen?” We’ve concluded: They do, and they don’t, with a lot of emphasis on the “don’t” part.
The current flap over the flawed report on the Women-owned Business Program is a perfect example of some excellent advice given, with poor results achieved. We’ve worked very closely with Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and other of the leading women-owned business groups, as they’ve made a valiant attempt to achieve justice for their constituents. They were with us, or we with them, on many of those treks, talking to the policy wonks, and the worker bees.
But, we wonder out loud, Did they really listen.
We understand from the PilieroMazza PLLC Weekly Update: Friday, January 18, 2008:
“WOSB Rule: In a House Small Business Committee hearing this week, members of Congress questioned the SBA’s recently-published rule regarding the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) set-aside program. Committee Chair Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) was particularly critical of the regulation, which was defended by SBA Administrator Steven Preston.”
So, now that we’ve heard the “official” defense of the report, what do we do about it? Now, that the Congress has heard the “official” defense what will they do about it? Saying, wait for the National Elections, ain’t gonna get it. Waiting for the next Administration to get elected, then installed, then settled into place, that’ll take at least a year and half from now.
How many women-owned businesses will have been severely injured, if not killed off, by then?
Waiting is unacceptable…….
THERE IS CHANGE IN THE AIR…but we need for it to hurry…..
The struggle continues, until we succeed-and we shall,
Henry T. Wilfong Jr., MBA, CPA
Current or Former Positions:
Three-time Appointee of Governor and President Ronald Reagan
Pasadena, CA City Councilman
Member, Bush-Cheney Transition Team-SBA Advisory Group
Member, Department of Energy, Small Business Advisory Committee
Associate Administrator for Minority Small Business/Capital Ownership Development, SBA
Member, National Council on Policy Review-Black Capitalism
Member, Presidential Task Force on International Private Enterprise
Member, California Council on Criminal Justice
Member, NASA Advisory Council
Chair, NASA Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee