Thursday, June 5, 2014

And the Small Business Administrators Award Goes to....Langley Research Center!

Yesterday, Charles Bolden the NASA Administrator and I had the pleasure of presenting the FY13 Small Business Administrators Cup to the Langley Research Center Director Stephen Jurczyk and Randy Manning, the Center Small Business Specialist.

This award recognizes the center with the best overall small business program for the fiscal year. Langley's solid commitment to small business is evident in its history of meeting or exceeding its small business goals. Langley Research Center (LaRC) has met or exceeded their negotiated Small Business goals from FY 2008 to FY2013.

Pictured from left to right: Randy Manning, LaRC Small Business Specialist, Stephen Jurczyk, LaRC Center Director, Virginia Wycoff, LaRC Associate Director and Charles Bolden, NASA Administror

                   A closeup of the 2013 NASA Small Business Administrator's Cup

What is more impressive is what LaRC actually achieved in their commitment to small businesses:
  • In FY 2010 LaRC actually awarded 33% of their procurement dollars to Small Businesses
  • In FY 2011, raised it to 38%
  • In FY2012, raised it to 42.6%
  • And in FY13, LaRC awarded 54.4% of all of their total procurement dollars to Small Businesses
Congratulations to LaRC on this remarkable and so well deserved achivement


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NASA Administrator Honored the AFRC FY13 SBAA Winners

Each year, NASA and the NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) recognizes outstanding efforts in developing and implementing innovative practices in support of the Agency’s small business program with the NASA Small Business Advocates Awards.

I was honored to be on site at Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) yesterday with Administrator Bolden to acknowledge and celebrate of Fiscal Year 2013 Small Business Advocate Award winners at the official AFRC Renaming Ceremony.

On behalf of the entire NASA OSBP, a sincere congratulations to our latest winners:

Procurement Person of the Year
Ra-Deon L. Kirkland
Glenn Research Center

Technical Person of the Year
Mary Fran Risinger
Langley Research Center

2013 Small Business Specialist of the Year
Robert Medina
 Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator and I are on either side of him.

2013 Small Business Specialist of the Year Robert Medina's Family
Pictured are Julie Medina, Joey Medina, Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator, Julia Medina, Robert Medina, NASA AFRC Small Business Specialist and I.

NASA AFRC received the “FY2013 NASA Small Business Prime Socioeconomic Goal Achievement” recognition
for exceeding all of is small business goals.
Pictured below in the middle is David D. McBride, NASA AFRC Center Director
and on the left is Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator.

FY13 Program Team of the Year
Flight Opportunities Program Team

Pictured are Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator; Laguduva R. Kubendran, NASA HQ Space Technology Mission Directorate,  Flight Opportunities Program Executive; Ron Young, Flight Opportunities Program Manager; Christopher Baker, Flight Opportunities Campaign Manager; Joel Lozano, Flight Opportunities Contract Specialist; Charles Rogers, NASA Armstrong’s,  Acting Director of  Exploration and Space Technology Programs; David D. McBride, NASA Armstrong Center Director; and I.

Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator graciously took a selfie with Julia Medina, which turned out great!

I also had a chance to network with some AFRC personnel.
Pictured are Daniela Cruzado, Megan Ermilio, Simone Jackson and Tameka Williams

Overall it was a rewarding trip. Thank you AFRC!

Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 National Small Business Week

I am proud to join President Obama and NASA Administrator Bolden in celebrating National Small Business Week. On Friday, President Obama issued the proclamation kicking off this year’s well-deserved recognition of our nation’s small businesses, as every president has done since 1963. These businesses are the lifeline of America, creating nearly two out of every three jobs in the U.S. and providing invaluable services and materials in every field.

I’d like to extend my gratitude and the gratitude of the entire NASA Office of Small Business Programs to all of NASA’s small business partners across the country. NASA’s proven track record in small business has proven time and time again to help propel NASA further and help us reach our goals. For more information regarding the Agency’s commitment to small business, please see the press release.

Please take a moment and join NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in celebrating National Small Business week and all that small businesses do for NASA:

Friday, March 21, 2014

NASA Industry Forum and NASA Small Business Industry Award Winners

The Inaugural NASA Industry Forum

This has been an exciting week at the NASA Office of Small Business Programs. In December, I told you post about our newly formed NASA Industry Forum (NIF). The inaugural meeting was held on March 18 and 19 here in Washington, D.C. Despite snow and weather related challenges, the new members of the NIF managed to not only make it to the meeting, but also provide much need appreciated perspective and insight into the nuances of each of the centers. I’d also like to extend my gratitude to all of the NASA representatives who provided insight into how the Agency is meeting its mission with our small business contractors.

The NIF in session

NASA OSBP Associate Administrator Glenn A. Delgado
addresses the NIF

The FY2013 NASA SBIA Awards
We recently announced the winners of our Agency-Level NASA Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) and were lucky enough to have them attend the NIF to receive their award. These businesses went above and beyond in the small business contracting arena and deserved these accolades:

From Left to Right: NASA OSBP Associate Administrator Glenn A. Delgado, Healtheon; Inc. President Mr. Jasmeet Walia; and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Richard Keegan

Agency-Level Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
CENTER: Stennis Space Center

From Left to Right: NASA OSBP Associate Administrator Glenn A. Delgado; Houston Precision Fasterners' Adrian Allison, Mark J. Hahn, Jr., Paul Griese; and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Richard Keegan

Agency-Level Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
CENTER: Johnson Space Center

From Left to Right: NASA OSBP Associate Administrator Glenn A. Delgado; Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Director, Sustaining Engineering and Assurance Philip Montag; and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Richard Keegan

Agency-Level Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year
CENTER: Glenn Research Center

Thank you again to all those who attended and, once again, congratulations to our SBIA winners.