FY 2018 Annual Small Business Awards Program

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The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is pleased to announce the fiscal year (FY) 2018 U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Annual Small Business Awards program.  Awards will be made to program elements, power administrations, facility management contractors, small business program managers, and small businesses that have demonstrated exceptional performance during FY 2018. 

DOE’s Annual Small Business Awards Program recognizes the outstanding performance of the people and organizations responsible for promoting and expanding the Department’s use of small businesses.  More importantly, the majority of the awards recognize small businesses that have positively supported the Department, and our National Laboratories and facilities. The awards will be presented to small businesses, program elements, small business program managers, and FMCs.  The awards will be presented at the FY 2018 Annual Small Business Awards Ceremony during the 18th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo in Pittsburgh, PA.

Award Category

FY 2017 Award Recipient

Federal Small Business Program Manager of the Year

Gregory Gonzales

National Nuclear Security Administration

U.S. Department of Energy

Albuquerque, NM

Federal Procurement Director of the Year

Teresa M. Martinez

National Nuclear Security Administration

U.S. Department of Energy

Albuquerque, NM

Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year

Office of Indian Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

 

 

Facility Management Contractor Small Business Program Manager of the Year

J. Alex Agyemang

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Aiken, SC

Facility Management Contractor Procurement Director of the Year

James W. Johnson Jr.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC

Aiken, SC

Facility Management Contractor Small Business Achievement of the Year

FLUOR BWXT-Portsmouth, LLC

Piketon, OH

Mentor of the Year

Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies

Kansas City, MO

Protégé of the Year

Ultra-Tech Aerospace

Kansas City, KS

8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year

Redhorse Corporation

San Diego, CA

Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Pacific Office Solutions

Richland, WA

HUBZone Small Business of the Year

GovSmart, Inc.

Charlottesville, VA

 

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year

USSE2 O&M Services

A Joint Venture between US&S, Inc. and E2 Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Greenville, SC

SBIR/STTR Small Business of the Year

SFP Works, LLC (dba Flash Bainite)

Washington, MI

Small Business of the Year

Kamo Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Augusta, GA

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Gary G. Lyttek

National Nuclear Security Administration

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Anne Marie Bird

Office of Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center

U.S. Department of Energy

Cincinnati, OH

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Gregory Gonzales

National Nuclear Security Administration

U.S. Department of Energy

Albuquerque, NM

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Kent L. Hibben

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Chadsey Kittock

Office of Science

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Jacqueline Kniskern

Office of Acquisition Management

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

John T. Lucas

Office of General Counsel

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Tamara L. Miles

Office of Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center

U.S. Department of Energy

Cincinnati, OH

 

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Barry E. Ross

Office of Acquisition Management

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Emily M. Stanton

Office of Management

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Jason Taylor

Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division

Office of Acquisition Management

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Rachel C. Mack

Office of Management

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award

Brian Lally

Office of General Counsel

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, DC

 

OSDBU is seeking DOE organizations and facility management contractors to submit nominations for FY 2018 award categories.  The preparation and submission of the nomination narratives must conform to the instructions.  Nominations will be accepted from November 5 through December 21, 2018.  The Annual Small Business Awards program is an excellent opportunity to recognize federal or contractor employees for their performance and dedication.

Participation:

Participation is open to all DOE program elements and power administrations (Western Area Power Administration and Southwestern Power Administration) that award with appropriated funds, facility management contractors, small business program managers, small business prime contractors, federal and contractor acquisition personnel, small business joint ventures, and DOE’s mentor-protégé teams.

Instructions for Nominations:

A company or an individual may be nominated for only one award category.For example, a woman-owned small business company 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.

A company cannot self-nominate. The nomination must be submitted by a DOE personnel.

Award nominations will be accepted from November 5 through December 21, 2018.

The word limit for each award submission is 570.

Please use statistics to support accomplishments.Do not attach data tables or charts.

To request, the link to submit a nomination, please email Anita Anderson (anita.anderson@hq.doe.gov).

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 senior level government employees.  Each committee member will assign a point to each nomination, which will reflect the panelist’s protection of the nominee’s accomplishments and achievements.  The committee will determine the award recipients.

Submitting a Nomination:

Nominations are for DOE personnel (Federal or contractor) and small businesses within the Department.The nomination is to be written for performance of work and accomplishments performed in FY 2018.

Valid nominations shall only be submitted through Federal or contractor small business program managers (SBPMs), contracting officers, contracting specialists and programmatic personnel.

The SBPMs are responsible for initially assessing any nominations received from outside participants and for ensuring that the nominations are submitted in a timely manner by 11:59 PM (EST) December 21, 2018.

All small business entities must be in good standing with the Department of Energy and with all Federal procurement guidelines to include the Excluded Parties Listing System (EPLS).The nominator must verify and validate that the small business entity has an up-to-date or current reporting status in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) that reflects a positive report that is currently noted as a small business for the category in which it is being 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.

Please refer your questions regarding this subject to Anita Anderson, Chairperson of DOE’s Annual Small Business Awards Program.  Anita may be reached directly at (301) 903-7003 or anita.anderson@hq.doe.gov.

 

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization FY 2018 Annual Small Business Awards Program

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is pleased to announce the FY 2018 U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Annual Small Business Awards Program.  Awards will be made to program elements, power administrations, facility management contractors, small business program managers, and small businesses that have demonstrated exceptional performance during FY 2018.

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 in the increase utilization of small businesses.

Criteria – Meets or exceeds the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (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/socioeconomic procurements.

Collaborates with SBA, other agencies, or community groups on formulation of small business procurement policy initiatives.

Submits all plans and reports due to SBA.

Creates/Implements new outcome-focused initiatives that enhance competencies and capabilities of 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 (title such as procurement director, purchasing director, Head of Contracting Activity, etc.).  The successful candidate has displayed leadership and commitment to maximizing small businesses 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.

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 socioeconomic 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.

 

Laboratory Director of the Year

Description – Recognizes the laboratory director managing the operations of a laboratory for an operations office or program office.  The successful candidate has displayed leadership and commitment to maximizing small businesses 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 –

The Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) laboratory has met all of its small business goals in FY 2018.

Comparison of the small business achievement of the FFRDC laboratory between FY 2017 and FY 2018.

Comparison of the small business goals (by obligations) between the FFRDC laboratories.

 

Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year (Facility Management Contractor Program Office) – Data Driven Award

Description – Recognizes the tangible, annual and organizational results of a federal DOE element.  These results are measured in terms of dollar and percentage increases to small business procurement activity as well as policies, programs and procedures that promote small business use.

Criteria –

FY 2018 year-end prime small business achievement data from DOE’s iPortal OSDBU Scorecard.

Comparison of the small business achievement (by obligations & percentage increase) between FY 2017 and FY 2018.

Comparison of the small business goals (by obligations & percentage increase) against achievement for FY 2018.

Review of policies, new initiatives or other guidance promoting small business use. 

 

Federal Small Business Achievement of the Year (non-Facility Management Contractor Program Office) – Data Driven Award

Description – Recognizes the tangible, annual and organizational results of a federal DOE element.  These results are measured in terms of dollar and percentage increases to small business procurement activity as well as policies, programs and procedures that promote small business use.

Criteria –

FY 2018 year-end prime small business achievement data from DOE’s iPortal OSDBU Scorecard.

Comparison of the small business achievement (by obligations & percentage increase) between FY 2017 and FY 2018.

Comparison of the small business goals (by obligations & percentage increase) against achievement for FY 2018.

Review of policies, new initiatives or other guidance promoting small business use.

 

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 –

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 small business data is accurately reported in 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 formulation of small business procurement policy initiatives.

Submits all plans and reports due to SBA.

Creates/Implements new outcome-focused initiatives that enhance competencies and capabilities of 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 a management and operating contractor.  The successful candidate has displayed leadership and commitment to maximizing small businesses 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).

Percentage increase of small business contract awards supporting line missions or support functions.

New or updated socioeconomic 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.

 

Facility Management Contractor (FMC) Small Business Achievement of the Year – Data Driven Award

Description – Recognizes the tangible, annual, organizational results of a DOE facilities management contractor.  These results are measured in terms of dollars and percentage increases in small business procurement activity as well as policies, programs and procedures that promote small business use.

Criteria –

Percentage of FY 2018 small business subcontract achievement data obtained from the Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS).

Comparison of the small business achievement between FY 2017 and FY 2018.

Comparison of the small business goals (by obligations) and percentage increase in achievement between FY 2017 and FY 2018.

Review of policies, new initiatives or other guidance promoting small business use.

 

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 that is self-certified as a Small Business Disadvantaged Business (SDB) or is certified under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program and has provided 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 U.S. Small Business Administration 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 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.

 

 OSDBU Director’s Excellence Award – Recommendations by OSDBU Director

Description – Recognizes DOE’s program business lines that demonstrated the most effort to provide grants, vouchers or other programs to small businesses to increase the capabilities and opportunities.

Criteria – Recognition of business line leaders, laboratories or other DOE related program leaders that have not limited their support to small businesses by the dollars that can be counted in MOSRC and FPDS.

Provide financial support to small businesses to develop their ability with minimized or no expense.

Provide laboratory space to businesses to develop their ability with minimized or no expense.

Provide other resources to businesses to develop their ability and access opportunities with minimized or no expense.

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*Important notes to all nominators:

All small business entities must be in good standing with the Department of Energy and with all Federal procurement guidelines to include the Excluded Parties Listing System (EPLS).  The nominator must verify and validate that the small business entity has an up-to-date or current reporting status in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) that reflects a positive report that is currently noted as a small business for the category in which it is being 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 laws.