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Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) Program at DOS

Article 15-A of the NYS Executive law was enacted on July 19, 1988 to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracting.  New York State’s Goal for MWBE State Contracting is 30 percent.

The MWBE requirement applies to contracts, including grants, with value over:
           $25,000 for commodities and services
           $100,000 for construction
Under 5 NYCRR §142.8, DOS contractors are required to make “good faith efforts (GFE)” to provide meaningful participation to MWBEs as subcontractors or suppliers in the performance of their contracts.  Specific MWBE goals for each contract may be found in the specific solicitation document on the Grant/Funding/Bid Opportunities page

DOS Quarterly Utilization Plan Report


Please refer to the specific solicitation document for guidance on which forms must be completed:
Form A: MWBE-EEO Policy Statement

Form B: Staffing Plan for contract over $250,000

Form C: Quarterly Workforce Utilization for Grantees

Instructions: Workforce Utilization Form for Vendors

Form D: MWBE utilization Plan

Form D-1: Compliance Certification Letter

Form E: Waiver Request*

Form F: Quarterly MWBE utilization

*A waiver request can be submitted if there are no opportunities for MWBE participation or to demonstrate the good faith efforts made to meet the goals.  Contractors who would like to request an MWBE waiver should reach out to their DOS Program Manager for assistance.

Additional Information:

NYS Contract System

NYS Certified MWBE Directory   

NYS MWBE Certification through Empire State Development

NYS Law Article 15-A

NYCRR Title 5 Section 142.8

NYCRR Title 5 Section 142.13

NYS Executive Order No. 162 of 2017

Understanding Executive Order 162


MWBE Program at DOS
518-474-2754 /

Empire State Development Division of Minority and Women Business Development
855-373-4692 /

Empire State Development Certification Unit
212-803-2414 /