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OTS PROPOSES OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR MINORITIES, WOMEN AND THE DISABLED

OTS PROPOSES OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR MINORITIES, WOMEN AND THE DISABLED
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) will actively seek contracts for goods and services from businesses owned and controlled by minorities, women and disabled individuals, according to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register today.
 The policy, as mandated by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recover and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), would ensure to the maximum extent possible that businesses owned and controlled by members of minority groups, women and the disabled participate in the OTS contracting programs.
 These businesses, whether large, small or publicly owned, should be at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more of the designated groups and must either be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
 OTS Director Timothy Ryan has appointed Frances L. Sullivan chairperson of the Outreach Program. Sullivan has appointed Columbus D. Jude Sr. the Outreach Program advocate. Jude is primarily responsible for facilitating the maximum participation of the program.
 His responsibilities include:
 -- Acting as liaison between the OTS and the public on Outreach Program issues.
 -- Identification and registration of the prescribed business groups.
 -- Distributing information and providing appropriate material for use by vendors and/or contractors.
 -- Participating in conventions, seminars and professional meetings oriented toward the Outreach Program.
 -- Conducting seminars, meetings, workshops and various other functions.
 -- Monitoring to assure that OTS contracting staff understand and actively promote the Outreach Program.
 In order to qualify as an Outreach Program participant, each business or contractor must either certify their ownership by filing with the OTS Outreach Program advocate a completed and signed Solicitation Mailing List application, standard form 129 (SF-129) or they may submit a valid Outreach Program certification received from another federal agency, designated state or authorized local agency.
 Contracts for goods and services will be awarded in accordance with the established OTS procurement rules and policies. Jude may be reached at 202-906-6346.
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 /CONTACT: Gwendolyn Gregg-Cauthen of the Office of Thrift Supervision, 202-906-6677/ CO: Office of Thrift Supervision ST: District of Columbia IN: FIN SU:


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