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DSS M/WBE Resource Page

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Our Mission and M/WBEs

The Department of Social Services, Human Resources Administration, and Department of Homeless Services believe that the City's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) represent key partners in meeting the mission of our work. The value of M/WBEs to our program, and to the communities we serve, extends beyond their participation on our contracts to the jobs, local investments, and intergenerational wealth they bring to the City's economy. DSS/HRA/DHS are committed to engaging M/WBEs and closing the historic disparities that have kept our City from meeting its fullest potential.

Learn more about New York City's M/WBE Program.

Do you think you may be qualified to certify as a M/WBE? Visit the Department of Small Services Certification Page to learn more.

Doing Business with DSS, HRA, and DHS

The Human Resources Administration (HRA) provides temporary assistance to New York City's most vulnerable residents – seniors, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS. HRA is dedicated to alleviating poverty and income inequality through the implementation of initiatives such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Services, Adult Protective Services, Emergency Rental Assistance, Career Services, Cash Assistance, and much more. Learn more about HRA programs.

The Department of Homeless Services (DHS) collaborates with other public agencies and nonprofit partners to prevent homelessness and assist New Yorkers transitioning from shelters to permanent housing. DHS is one of the largest organizations of its kind committed to addressing homelessness in New York City, and employs a variety of innovative strategies to help families and individuals successfully exit shelter and return to self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. Learn more about DHS programs.

The City's Agency Procurement Indicators Report demonstrates the impact of procurement and provides information on the City's procurement spending. This report provides a view into what the City buys and how we buy it. Learn more about our procurement spending, and that of other City agencies.

To learn more about doing business with us, view this document for information about our agencies, what we buy, how to get found, contract requirements, finding open contract opportunities, who to connect to, and how to connect with us.

Contact Us

We want to hear from you. General procurement-related questions and inquiries, including requests for debriefs, can be submitted by email to the Office of Contracts at If you are attending a debrief meeting with us, please consider using the Questions to Ask During a Debrief provided by the Department of Small Business Services' Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.

You may also reach out to the Contracts Staff Contacts listed below with more specific inquiries. Please be sure to copy on any outreach or directly for any specific M/WBE-related matters.

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DSS Staff Contacts

    1. Celloy Williams, Senior ACCO, - General Procurement Questions
    2. Lisa Morris, M/WBE Officer and Director of the Vendor Compliance and Relations Unit, - Reach out to Lisa Morris for support with Schedule B Waiver Requests, M/WBE Late Payment or M/WBE Contract Compliance matters, and follow-up on any other M/WBE-specific matters. While most Human Service contracts are not currently subject to the City's M/WBE Participation Goal Program, you can also reach out to Lisa for help connecting to subcontracting opportunities with our Human Service Providers.
    3. Michael Russell, DACCO (non-human services), - Questions about the Human Resources Administration or Department of Homeless Services Local law 1 or Local law 63 Plans.
    4. Andre Fredericks, Acting Director of Bid Administration and Purchasing Units (non-human bids), - Reach out to Andre regarding a current construction or standard services competitive sealed bids, as well as for support scheduling Post-Bid Debriefs.
    5. Shafeqa Brothers, IT Procurement and Services Director (information technology), - After visiting our IT Procurements section, and verifying your eligibility to contract with us, reach out to Shafeqa for more information on connecting to our IT procurement and services' pipeline. You may also reach out to Shafeqa for support in securing a Post-Bid Debrief on an IT services-related procurement.

If you are attending a debrief meeting with us, please consider using the Questions to Ask During a Debrief provided by the Department of Small Business Services' Procurement Technical Assistance Centers.

Please be sure to copy on any outreach or directly for any specific M/WBE-related matters.

Contact Our Providers

Our Human Service Providers want to hear from you. While many of their City contracts are not eligible for the City's M/WBE Participation Goal Program, they are looking for M/WBEs like you to support their contracts with our agency, across the City, and beyond. General procurement-related questions and inquiries should be directed to each organization's M/WBE Liaison. View a list of M/WBE Liaisons at some of our mid- and large-sized Human Service Providers.

Please keep us posted on any success stories arising from your connections with these organizations!


All opportunities with our agencies are posted to PASSPort. Don't miss out! Be ready to receive and respond to these opportunities directed specifically to our City-certified M/WBE businesses by creating an account in PASSPort todayDownload the simple two-step account creation instructions.

See below for more information about ways to identify and respond to procurement opportunities with us.

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City Record Online (CROL)

The City Record Online (CROL) is a searchable database where you may find solicitations, award information, and official rules. Register with CROL, including commodity codes you're interested in, to receive notifications of relevant upcoming opportunities. For more information or assistance, refer to the CROL Sign Up &User Guide or send an email to

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Competitive Sealed Bids (CSBs)

M/WBE Non-Competitive Small Purchases

Download a list of the procurements we have awarded through the M/WBE Non-Competitive Small Purchase Method. To receive more information about these and future procurements, please Contact Us. Please be sure that your Online Directory Vendor Profile coding accurately reflects the goods and/or services you would like to provide. Those codes enable us to send you invitations to respond to M/WBE Non-Competitive Small Purchase Method invitations through PASSPort. Be sure to reach out to the Department of Small Business Services if you need assistance updating your codes.

Procurement Plans

Local Law 1 (LL1), Local Law 63 (LL63), and Human Service Procurement Plans are published annually.

LL1 Plans – The Department of Small Business Services, in conjunction with the Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS), publishes a plan and schedule annually for each agency detailing the anticipated contracting actions and competitive procurements subject to the City's M/WBE regulations for the upcoming fiscal year. The plans include the following information for each solicitation: the specific type and scale of the services to be procured, the term of the proposed contract, the method of solicitation the agency intends to utilize, and the anticipated fiscal year quarter of the planned solicitation.

LL63 Plans – The Mayor's Office is required to publish a plan detailing the anticipated contracting actions of each City agency for the upcoming fiscal year in certain categories of procurement.

Human Service Procurement Plans – Each year, City agencies publish plans describing proposed procurement actions for their human service program contracts.

You can find the above-referenced Human Resources Administration and Department of Homeless Services plans, as well as plans for other City agencies, on the MOCS Local Law 63 Procurements page.

M/WBE Utilization Performance Data – As of the Fiscal Year 2014, MOCS is required to publish quarterly reports on the progress of the M/WBE Program. View these M/WBE Compliance Reports to access agency contracting data (including M/WBE contract awards) broken out for both prime and subcontracts across industries and contract thresholds. This information may be helpful to you as you build your agency engagement strategy.

IT Procurements

The majority of our IT Procurements are solicited through the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) and Federal General Service Administration (GSA) Contracts.

Vendors should seek a New York State Office of General Services (NYS/OGS) Contract. For more information, click here for guidance about getting a NYS/OGS Contract.

Vendors should seek a Federal General Services Administration (GSA) contract under the Multiple Award Services (MAS) Schedule and Cooperative Purchasing. For more information on securing a GSA contract, click here for guidance about getting a GSA Contract.

For those M/WBEs in the Information Technology industry interested in working with us, please complete this survey to register your interest with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication (DOITT). We regularly share information with DOITT and will use this information to reach out to you regarding upcoming opportunities. If you've already completed the survey, there's no need to complete it again. We look forward to hearing from you!

Program Partners and Resources

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Mayor's Office of M/WBEs

In September of 2016, Mayor de Blasio created the Mayor's Office of M/WBEs to address the disparity in City contracts awarded to ethnic and gender groups and their overall representation in City contracting. The Office is responsible for oversight, policy and accountability of the City's M/WBE Program. It serves as a One-Stop-Shop for M/WBEs interested in doing business with the city and its agencies.

Department of Small Business Services (SBS)

The NYC Department of Small Business Services helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs. For technical assistance and support services, firms may reach out to the NYC SBS Apex Accelerators (formerly NYC SBS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)) by email at or by phone at 212-513-6444.

 Looking to partner with M/WBEs? Visit the Online Directory of Certified Businesses. For assistance using the Online Directory of Certified Businesses, view this helpful tutorial. If you require further assistance, you may reach out to the Department of Small Business Services' Buyer Services Unit at

Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS)

The Mayor's Office of Contract Services is a New York City oversight and service agency that is dedicated to optimizing existing operations and transforming processes to make it easier to do business with the City.

The Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort) is the City of New York's digital procurement system, developed and maintained by MOCS. This platform allows you to find and respond to business opportunities citywide. All vendors doing business with the City must have active profiles in PASSPort. Refer to the Vendor Enrollment Quick Guide or watch the webinar recording called Completing the Vendor Enrollment Package to help you get started. For additional information, visit the MOCS Help Page or submit an inquiry to the MOCS Service Desk.

Payee Information Portal (PIP)

The Payee Information Portal (PIP), implemented in 2006 by the Office of the New York City Comptroller, is an online self-management tool which allows vendors to view financial transactions with the City of New York. Registration ensures your business is included on the City's Bidder List. Registration questions may be directed to the Vendor Enrollment Center (VEC) at 212-857-1680 or For technical assistance with the PIP system, contact the PIP Help Desk at 212-857-1777 or Please include your business name, phone number, and vendor code in your communication.

Checkbook NYC

In July of 2010, the New York City Comptroller's Office launched Checkbook NYC, an online transparency tool that places the City's day-to-day spending in the public domain. It is a valuable real-time resource for information on what City agencies are purchasing. is the Official U.S. Government System for Contract Opportunities and Contract Data.