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NNSA employees win big at Small Business Forum & Expo

June 25, 2018

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Multiple employees from NNSA’s Office of Acquisition and Project Management were recently singled out for forward-thinking excellence at the 17th Annual Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Forum & Expo in Houston.

The three-day event was attended by over 1,000 representatives from federal, state, and local government; the small business community; and contracting companies. The expo featured educational workshops, a large exhibit hall, and one-on-one matchmaking sessions – all with the goal of connecting small businesses with DOE offices and programs.

Gregory Gonzales – Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year

Gonzales is the NNSA Small Business Program Manager in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In FY 2017, he was responsible for a $32 million (more than 13 percent) increase in small business obligations from the $278 million total. His efforts promoting small business programs demonstrated unwavering commitment, team spirit, and unmatched personal integrity. 

As a key member of the Management and Operating Subcontract Reporting System (MOSRC) Working Group, Gonzales guided NNSA sites to increase small business funds reporting from $564 million in FY 2016 to $1.263 billion in FY 2017 – a 124 percent increase and equal to 55 percent of all DOE’s MOSRC reporting. This increase directly contributed to the DOE’s Small Business Administration Scorecard Rating of “A.”

Gonzales also provided federal oversight and guidance to the Small Business Program Resource Center – a new, enterprise-wide initiative to share small business expertise, knowledge, best practices, and training across NNSA Management and Operating (M&O) sites.

Teresa Martinez – Federal Procurement Director of the Year

Teresa Martinez accepts her Federal Procurement Director of the Year award
Teresa Martinez accepts her Federal Procurement Director of the Year award

Teresa Martinez is the Procurement Director for the NNSA’s non-M&O Contracting Operations Division. She is responsible for NNSA’s federal prime contracting processes and operations nationwide. Martinez manages a portfolio of 1,437 contracting actions valued at over $774 million. Of that total, 89 percent is with small businesses and have over $278 million in contract obligations.

She is responsible for one of the highest small business contract award rates in DOE. Martinez has increased small business obligations from the previous year by over $30 million. She has established multiple award, blanket purchase agreements to provide technical, engineering, and programmatic support services (TEPS2) across the agency.

TEPS2 allows any DOE/NNSA office or site to place recurring orders with small business-led teams in less time using pre-negotiated terms and conditions. It runs from 2017 to 2022 and has a maximum estimated usage of $400 million. TEPS2 supports strategic sourcing, promotes increased use of small businesses, and is designed to provide professional services to all DOE/NNSA program offices. 

Gary Lyttek – Director’s Excellence Award

Gary Lyttek accepts his Director’s Excellence Award. He also accepted the Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year award on behalf of Gregory Gonzales.
Gary Lyttek accepts his Director’s Excellence Award. He also accepted the Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year award on behalf of Gregory Gonzales.

Lyttek guides the efforts of the integrated project team to rewrite and enhance DOE's Small Business First policy. The policy objectives are to remove unnecessary detailed guidance and reduce overall length; eliminate potential conflicts with other federal policies and regulations; and reflect DOE’s unique mission and operations in partnership with small business concerns (science, technology, research, and innovation). The new policy focuses on three guiding principles: make it easier to do business with DOE, forge more productive business relationships, and achieve or surpass socioeconomic goals set by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The new one-page policy was unveiled at the Expo.

Additionally, Lyttek moderated a special breakout session at the Expo - entitled, “Looking for new small business opportunities through an organization that spent well over $2 billion dollars with small business concerns last fiscal year? Welcome to NNSA!”