The mission of the Office of Contract Compliance is to certify Minority-, Women-, Veteran-, and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Business Enterprises (MBE/WBE/VBE/SDVBEs), to ensure that all County purchases comply with the Cook County Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprise Ordinance, to educate County User Departments and Vendors on the importance and the process of complying with the Ordinance, encourage greater inclusion of MBE/WBE and VBEs on County procurements, and to work together as a team to monitor the success of the process.
The Office of Contract Compliance serves two primary functions. The first is an administrative role in the County’s procurement process to ensure vendors adhere to the County's Minority and Women Owned Business (MBE/WBE) ordinance prior to contract award. The Compliance Enforcement team subsequently tracks procurement spending to ensure contract dollars are not only awarded to MBE and WBE firms, but that payments are made as committed. This year the office published its second annual Diversity Report to increase transparency and allow public review of progress being made. Additionally, the office was recently given the ability to financially penalize firms that do not follow through on their stated commitment.
The second function is the processing of applications for MBE, WBE, Veteranowned Business Enterprises (VBE), and Service Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (SDVBE) certification. These certifications are reciprocal with the City of Chicago, and help strengthen the local economy by creating local jobs.
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