@Monika - You must live under a rock if you think that women and minorities aren't discriminated against anymore! I think it's great that a certain amount of government procurement contracts have to go to them. I don't see how this is any different from awarding a certain number of contracts to areas with a high unemployment rate.
However, I didn't realize how expensive it was for companies to try to win these contracts. It definitely seems like that would put some of the companies out of the running in the first place!