“Our ruling order hereby certifies that it has conducted an audit and personally verified the eligibility of your firm located in Los Angeles California, as a ‘minority business enterprise’ pursuant to the terms and conditions stipulated from just-us. This is our official ‘Certification Document’ that shall be valid only with the ruling order’s seal affixed hereto. Eligibility must be maintained at all times since you are now deemed a minority business enterprise.”

The aformentioned is a ruling order issued by a certification agency that does not integrate a minority business enterprise status into the regular pool of potential suppliers. The intent is a minority-owned status should never be confused as preferential or noncompetitive in nature.

Although, a certified business must renew within 30 days upon any changes of ownership or control of your minority business. Failure to comply may result in a denial of your eligibility to compete for contracts. Also, the ruling order may reconsider certification if it is determined that such status was obtained by false, misleading, or incorrect information. Regardless if our meager verifying process produced flawed or inadequate results; nor does it mean that if you are not who you say you are that you will go to jail or be found ineligible for contracting opportunities as a non-minority business enterprise.

In fact, there has never been any sort of hearing to decertify those that falsely assert minority status. This is due in part that since October 1978 when the Federal Government passed Public Law 95-507, self-appointed ruling classes across the nation have based its irrational certification procedure on this law that has no certification methods or suggestions.

Overall, the way the ruling order completes contract awards is that 70% to 75% of its annual spend is dedicated to non-minority firms. The ruling order in each state, county, and city anoints a selected group to reconsider certification if it is determined that such status was obtained by false, misleading or incorrect measures. It is ‘Just Us’ who administers the self-made body of experts to certify and decertify under our own verification criterion until the ruling order says otherwise.

Beware though, just in case we are ever viewed as being lazy or incompetent in our performance of minority business certification, do not be surprise when we show up at your business conducting an on-site visit during the term of your certification to verify your eligibility.

We will provide oversight on your certification for three years or until the ruling order directs us to do something different. Notwithstanding, it is just us who congratulate you on receiving your unequal business opportunity certification disingenuously developed for ensuring equal opportunity and justice in procurement management.

This analysis demonstrates a positive outcome to develop best ‘viable’ practices toward improving the verification of business ownership and management processes.

[civil rights act of 1964]

The current first-class United States Postal Service (USPS) rate is Forty-Four cents (44¢). The Internal Revenue Service has found the US Postal Service’s system quite efficient in its annual collection process, because it knows that once sealed the envelope contents is purported true by the sender. Because it is mail fraud under section 18 U.S.C. 1341, that makes it a Federal crime or offense for anyone to use U.S. mails in carrying out a scheme to defraud. Such as if, a person knowingly and willfully did it to obtain money, (purchasing contracts), by means of a false representation.

In addition, if the person used the U.S. Postal Service by mailing his/her ownership verification papers for executing the scheme to defraud the buying organization to gain an advantage in the bidding process, it would subject a liability to their firm to this legal statute.

The Best Viable Practice is to use an uncomplicated 44¢ U.S. Postal Service stamp that will take care of unfairness, invasiveness, and front companies. By placing, the certification form in the US Postal Service system protects everyone concerned, and the certification dollar savings can go toward improved technical assistance, outreach, and sensitivity training services that better meet the purpose of Public Law 95-507.

Additionally, a requesting organization that wants to verify its new supplier business ownership can add a statement of definitions to its US Internal Revenue Service W-9 Form. It is appropriate and separate from the W-9 information, which provides an efficient method for gathering ownership classification. 

Offered in 1987 before the California Public Utilities Commission by:
Dean L. Jones, C.P.M.