The  Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Agency) established the Annual Small Business Awards Program to recognize small businesses that have shown outstanding performance in advancing the Agency’s missions.  These awards also highlight the people and organizations who have promoted and expanded the use of small businesses to support DOE’s missions.  The information below provides a list of the recent award winners, nomination instructions, and award categories.

FY 2019 SMALL BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

The DOE OSDBU is pleased to announce the winners of Small Business Awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.  OSDBU awards program elements, power administrations, facility management contractors, small business program managers, and small businesses that have demonstrated exceptional performance during FY 2019.

No. Name of Award Recipient of Award
1 Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year Gary Lyttek, Senior Business Source Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
2 Federal Procurement Director of the Year Joseph Giove III, Director of Coal Business Operations, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Germantown, MD
3 Laboratory Director of the Year Dr. Thomas Mason, Director, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
4 Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year (Facility Management Contractor Program Office) Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
5 Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year (non-Facility Management Contractor Program Office) Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
6 Facility Management Contractor Small Business Program Manager of the Year Karen West, Small Business Program Manager, Kansas City National Security Campus, Honeywell, Kansas City, MO
7 Facility Management Contractor Procurement Director of the Year James W. Johnson, Jr., Director, Supply Chain Operations, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, Aiken, SC
8 Facility Management Contractor Small Business Achievement of the Year Triad National Security, LLC, Los Alamos, NM
9 Mentor of the Year Y-12 National Security Complex, Operated by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, Oak Ridge, TN
10 Protégé of the Year BrainJuice Mobile, LLC, Lakewood, CO
11 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year GCJ, Inc., Tracy, CA
12 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Precision Ferrites & Ceramics, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA
13 HUBZone Small Business of the Year Performance Maintenance, Inc., Espanola, NM
14 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year TEVET, Mosheim, TN
15 SBIR/STTR Small Business of the Year Subsurface Insights, LLC, Hanover, NH
16 Small Business of the Year MarCom, LLC, Idaho Falls, ID
17 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Deborah D. Black, Corporate Services Division Manager, Headquarters Procurement Services, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
18 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Christopher Greene, Procurement Analyst, Office of Acquisition Management, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
19 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Barry Ross, Procurement Analyst, Office of Acquisition Management, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
20 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Nacole Morton, Contracting Officer and Team Leader, Office of Headquarters Procurement Services, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
21 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Blake Clemmer, Contracting Officer, Office of Headquarters Procurement Services, U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, DC
22 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Leslie Bourgeois, Small Business Program Manager, Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA
23 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Project Enhancement Corporation, Germantown, MD
24 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Bernhard Knutsen, IDW Business Analyst, Appsential IDW Team, Office of Corporate Business Systems, Germantown, MD
25 OSDBU Director's Excellence Award Brianna Pippens, IDW Business Analyst, Appsential IDW Team, Office of Corporate Business Systems, Germantown, MD

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS

Participation

Participation is open to DOE program elements and power administrations, facility management contractors, small business program managers, small business prime contractors, federal and contractor acquisition personnel, and DOE mentors and protégés. 

Note: Western Area Power Administration and Southwestern Power Administration are the only power administrations eligible to participate in the awards program.

Evaluation Committee

An Evaluation Committee will be selected to review and rate the nominations, as well as select the award recipients. The committee will consist of DOE Headquarters senior-level government employees.  Each committee member will assign a point to the nomination which they choose to recognize for outstanding achievement.  The committee will thereby determine the award recipients.

Instructions for Nominations

  • Award nominations are for DOE personnel (federal or contractor) and small businesses that work with the Department or with Management and Operating (M&O) contractors.
  • Valid nominations shall only be submitted through federal or contractor small business program managers (SBPMs), contracting officers and specialists.
  • There is a time limit in accepting nominations.
  • Small Business Program Managers (SBPMs), contracting officers and specialists are responsible for initially assessing any nominations received from outside participants, and for ensuring that the nominations are submitted in a timely manner.
  •  A company or an individual may be nominated for only one award category.  For example, a woman-owned small business may only be nominated for the woman-owned small business of the year award and cannot be nominated for the Small Business of the Year award as well.
  • The word limit for each award submission is 570.
  • Please use statistics to support your accomplishments.
  • Do not attach data tables or charts.
  • Award nominations must be submitted by using the SmartSheet. To obtain the link to the SmartSheet, please email Anita Anderson (anita.anderson@hq.doe.gov).
  • Small business entities must be in good standing with the Department of Energy and with federal procurement guidelines to include the Excluded Parties Listing System (EPLS).  The nominator must verify and validate that the small business has an up-to-date or current reporting status in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), has a positive report, and fulfills the small business category for which it is nominated.
  • A nominee for any of the small business award categories must own or operate a business defined as “small” for its primary industry under the applicable U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards.  Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories.  Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights law.

AWARD CATEGORIES

Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year:

Description: Recognizes an individual who embodies the many facets of an energetic, forward-thinking, DOE small business program manager.  His or her efforts far exceed expectations in working with, advocating for, and assisting to increase the utilization of small businesses.

Criteria: Meets or exceeds the OSDBU Scorecard small business goals and/or the following criteria:

  • Implements strategies to increase the value of competitively awarded contracts to small businesses
  • Advocates and obtains top-level Agency commitment to small business contracting
  • Executes significant events to increase small business participation in the procurement process
  • Demonstrates that policies and procedures are in place to ensure compliance with prime forecast goals or subcontracting plans and attainment of related goals
  • Plans training for contracting staff/managers to better execute small business/socio-economic procurements
  • Collaborates with the SBA, other agencies, or community groups on the formulation of small business procurement policy initiatives
  • Submits all plans and reports due to SBA
  • Creates/implements new outcome-focused initiatives that enhance the competencies and capabilities of the small business supplier base
  •  Develops new markets for small business, identifying and creating opportunities for small business participation within programs not previously performed by small business

Federal Procurement Director of the Year:

Description: Holds the position of managing the operations of a federal procurement organization for an operations office or program office (titles such as Procurement Director, Purchasing Director, Head of Contracting Activity, etc.).  The successful candidate has displayed leadership and commitment to maximizing small business utilization through policies, procedures, outreach, and creating an atmosphere of “small business first” throughout his or her organization. Candidate selection criteria will be based on a balance of objective results-oriented measures and created/implemented policies, programs, and practices promoting small business.

Criteria:

  •  Dollar and/or percentage increases in small business obligations
  • The percentage increase of small business awards versus large business awards from the previous year
  • Significant small business contract awards supporting line missions or support functions
  • New or updated socio-economic operating policies and programs
  • Procedures or systems that focus program offices and buyers to consider small business first
  • Building community and small business development through outreach efforts
  • Creating or expanding small business use in non-traditional functional areas

Facility Management Contractor (FMC) Small Business Program Manager of the Year:

Description: Holds the position of managing the operations of a federal procurement organization for an operations office or program office (titles such as Procurement Director, Purchasing Director, Head of Contracting Activity, etc.).  The successful candidate has displayed leadership and commitment to maximizing small business utilization through policies, procedures, outreach, and creating an atmosphere of “small business first” throughout his or her organization.  Candidate selection criteria will be based on a balance of objective results-oriented measures and created/implemented policies, programs, and practices promoting small business.

Criteria:

  • Dollar and/or percentage increases in small business obligations
  • The percentage increase of small business awards versus large business awards from the previous year
  • Significant small business contract awards supporting line missions or support functions
  • New or updated socio-economic operating policies and programs
  • Procedures or systems that focus program offices and buyers to consider small business first
  • Building community and small business development through outreach efforts
  • Creating or expanding small business use in non-traditional functional areas

Facility Management Contractor (FMC) Small Business Program Manager of the Year:

Description: Recognizes an individual within a DOE facility who embodies the many facets of an energetic, forward-thinking small business program manager.  His or her efforts far exceed expectations in working with, advocating for, and assisting in the increased utilization of small businesses.

Criteria:

  •  Advocates and obtains top-level Agency commitment to small business contracting
  • Executes significant events to increase small business participation in the procurement process
  • Demonstrates that small business data is accurately reported in the Federal Procurement Data System–Next Generation (FPDS-NG)
  • Demonstrates that policies and procedures are in place to ensure compliance with prime forecast goals or subcontracting plans and attainment of related goals
  • Plans training for contracting staff/managers to better execute small business/socioeconomic procurements
  • Collaborates with SBA, other agencies, or community groups on the formulation of small business procurement policy initiatives
  • Submits all plans and reports due to SBA
  • Creates/implements new outcome-focused initiatives that enhance the competencies and capabilities of the small business supplier base
  • Develops new markets for small business, identifying and creating opportunities for small business participation within programs not previously performed by small business

Facility Management Contractor (FMC) Procurement Director of the Year:

Description: Holds the position of managing the operations of a procurement organization for an FMC also commonly referred to as an M&O contractor.  The successful candidate has displayed leadership and commitment to maximizing small business utilization through policies, procedures, outreach, and creating an atmosphere of “small business first” throughout his or her organization.  Candidate selection will be based on a balance of objective results-oriented measures and created/implemented policies, programs, and practices promoting small business.

Criteria:

  • Dollar and/or percentage increases in small business obligations (may use Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS), Individual Subcontracting Report (ISR), Summary Subcontracting Report (SSR) information or other fact-based data systems
  • The percentage increase of small business contract awards supporting line missions or support functions
  • New or updated socio-economic operating policies
  • Procedures or systems that focus program offices and buyers to consider small business first
  • Building community and small business development through outreach efforts
  • Creating or expanding small business use in non-traditional functional areas

Mentor of the Year*:

Description: Recognizes the efforts of a DOE Mentor that has exceeded the requirements of their Mentor-Protégé agreement.  These results have enhanced the protégés ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.

Criteria:

  • Accomplishments exceed the Mentor/Protégé agreement
  • Protégé demonstrates growth and self-empowerment through the Mentor/Protégé program

Protégé of the Year*:

Description: Recognizes the significant development of a DOE Protégé that has enhanced its ability to successfully compete for federal contracts through its participation in the DOE Mentor/Protégé program.

Criteria:

  • Accomplishments exceed the Mentor/Protégé agreement
  • Protégé demonstrates growth and self-empowerment through the Mentor/Protégé program

8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year*:

Description: This award recognizes the outstanding performance of a small business, certified by SBA 8(a) and/or Small Disadvantaged Business programs, for their exceptional performance in activities contributing to core DOE mission accomplishments.

Criteria: Recipient excels beyond expectations or contract requirements by providing:

  • Creative or unique solutions to DOE requirements
  • Extraordinary customer service, and/or significant value (schedule and budget-related)
  • Productivity and efficiency gains
  • Innovative ideas to the specific project and/or task being performed
  • Cost, time, and manpower savings for the Department

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year*:

Description: Recognizes the exceptional performance of a Woman-Owned small business directly contributing to the accomplishments of core DOE mission objectives and requirements.

Criteria: Recipient excels beyond expectations or contract requirements by providing:

  • Creative or unique solutions to DOE requirements
  • Extraordinary customer service, and/or significant value (schedule and budget-related)
  • Productivity and efficiency gains
  • Innovative ideas to the specific project and/or task being performed
  • Cost, time, and manpower savings for the Department

HUBZone Small Business of the Year*:

Description: Recognizes the excellence of a small business, certified by the SBA as located and operating within a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), directly contributing to core DOE mission accomplishments.

Criteria: Recipient excels beyond expectations or contract requirements by providing:

  • Creative or unique solutions to DOE requirements
  • Extraordinary customer service, and/or significant value (schedule and budget-related)
  • Productivity and efficiency gains
  • Innovative ideas to the specific project and/or task being performed
  • Cost, time, and manpower savings for the Department

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year*:

Description: Recognizes the exceptional performance of a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned small business directly facilitating the advancement of core DOE mission objectives and requirements.

Criteria: Recipient excels beyond expectations or contract requirements by providing:

  • Creative or unique solutions to DOE requirements
  • Extraordinary customer service, and/or significant value (schedule and budget-related)
  • Productivity and efficiency gains
  • Innovative ideas to the specific project and/or task being performed
  • Cost, time, and manpower savings for the Department

SBIR/STTR Small Business of the Year*:

Description: Recognizes a U.S. small business that exemplifies the spirit of DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs by strengthening and expanding its high-technology research and development (R&D) competitiveness at the Department and/or in the marketplace.  SBIR/STTR small business nominations will be evaluated using demonstrated exceptional performance from the time of SBIR/STTR award to the present.

Criteria: Recipient excels at one or more of the following:

  • Stimulating U.S. technological innovation and enhancing the nation’s return on its DOE SBIR/STTR investment
  • Providing the DOE and/or its national laboratories, research facilities, or university research partners the benefits of commercial applications derived from DOE SBIR/STTR funded R&D
  • Stimulating U.S. economic growth and/or increasing private-sector commercialization of innovations as a result or in part of DOE SBIR/STTR funded R&D

Small Business of the Year*:

Description: Recognizes the creative, unique, and extraordinary performance of a small business which has significantly and directly impacted core DOE mission objectives and requirements.

Criteria: Recipient excels beyond expectations or contract requirements by providing:

  • Creative or unique solutions to DOE requirements
  • Extraordinary customer service, and/or significant value (schedule and budget-related)
  • Productivity and efficiency gains
  • Innovative ideas to the specific project and/or task being performed
  • Cost, time, and manpower savings for the Department

*Small business entities must be in good standing with the Department of Energy and with federal procurement guidelines to include the Excluded Parties Listing System (EPLS).  The nominator must verify and validate that the small business has an up-to-date or current reporting status in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS), has a positive report, and fulfills the small business category for which it is nominated.

*A nominee for any of the small business award categories must own or operate a business defined as “small” for its primary industry under the applicable SBA size standards.  Nominees must also be residents of the United States or its territories.  Small businesses owned and operated by nominees must comply with federal civil rights law.
For questions, please contact Anita Anderson, Chairperson of DOE’s Annual Small Business Awards Program, at (301) 903-7003 or anita.anderson@hq.doe.gov.