Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Johnson Space Center (JSC) Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Industry Day

I'm proud to announce that NASA Johnson Space Center along with the JSC Industry Assistance Office, JSC Small Business Council, and JSC Prime Contractors Roundtable are hosting a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Business Industry Day on August 11, 2015 from 7:00am-4:00 PM. The networking event will be held at the Gilruth Conference Center, 2101 E. NASA PKWY., Houston, Texas 77058.

HUBZone businesses are encouraged to participate; however this event is open to all businesses.

Businesses will have an opportunity to network with the NASA Office of Small Business Programs, NASA Small Business Specialists from each center, JSC Small Business Technical Coordinators, and JSC prime contractors.

To register please click HERE.

NASA Prime Contractors interested in exhibiting should email
JSC-SmallBusiness@mail.nasa.gov and reference “Exhibit Request” in the subject line.

Representatives of NASA and federal government prime contractors will be available to answer questions about doing business with their respective organizations. Matchmaking will be scheduled and further information will be posted on the JSC Small Business Website.
Registration is open to all Small Businesses who want to do business with NASA. Due to limited seating, registration will be handled on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions please contact the JSC Industry Assistance Office at (281) 483-4512.
There is no fee to participate and no Government-issued badge is required.
Make your plans to join us at this exciting event as we expect a great turn out as always! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Welcome Message: New NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Newman

I want to take the time to welcome aboard our new Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman to the NASA family. Dr. Newman took her Oath of Office a couple weeks ago and her first day was on May 18, 2015.

This is going to be an exciting ride for Dr. Newman. She received her PhD in Aerospace Biomedical Engineering from MIT. One of her well-known accomplishments is her design of the BioSuit which is a form fitting space suit that replaces gas pressure with mechanical pressure using metal coils. With cutting-edge technology providing the fundamental tools in order to take human to deep space, leadership progression at NASA goes hand-in-hand as we continue to move forward into the universe.

Again, welcome Dr. Newman, we all look forward to working with you!
Did I mention this is the best place to work in the Federal government?

Friday, May 8, 2015

2015 National Small Business Week

2015 National Small Business Week was a great success! I wanted to highlight a significant experience I had while at Ames Research Center (ARC) for our Small Business Improvement Plan (SBIP) Meeting. I had the opportunity to meet the staff and management of a SBIR Phase II company called Made In Space. Made In Space has a partnership with NASA and is located at ARC. What makes this small business so unique is that they designed and engineered the first ever 3-D printer that operates in zero gravity in space. In 2014, Space X launched the printer out of Cape Canaveral, Florida en route to the International Space Station (ISS). They started with sending specific code to the ISS where they printed the first ever manufactured in space object. This means that they are able to print a real tangible object to use to their benefit at the ISS. Yes, I know what you are thinking, literally out of this world manufacturing!

Talking tech with senior staff at Made In Space

Also during Small Business Week the NASA Administrator had the privilege to meet a Small Business in DC called Compass Coffee. Compass Coffee is owned by Marines that use NASA technology when brewing their coffee. The technology used is called Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controllers. When roasting the coffee beans, this technology measures time temperature profiles to ensure every cup of coffee tastes the same. Another technology used is near infrared abridged spectrometry (NIRS) which NASA uses to collect data for the Aqua satellite about Earth’s water cycle. Compass Coffee uses the same technology to assure that each cup has the same level of quinic acid. Why? Again, for the same great taste each time a cup is brewed. There is more space in your life than you think! 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NASA Deep Space Human Exploration Spacecraft Orion: A Case for Small Business

I am proud to announce that our newest publication titled NASA Deep Space Human Exploration Spacecraft Orion: A Case for Small Business was released on April 28, 2015. This is the second publication that the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) has put together since Curiosity and NASA’s Mission to Mars. With great detail, OSBP has managed and produced a wonderful publication that we can now share with the public. The publication highlights some of the small businesses that contributed to Lockeed Martin’s Spacecraft Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1). If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to view the publication on our website as a downloadable PDF or you can request a hardcopy at smallbusiness@nasa.gov. You may find yourself as inspired as I am while reading about the cutting edge technology behind all of our advances which makes us that much closer to putting man on Mars. I want to encourage these small businesses to keep moving forward into the solar system and proving that anything is possible. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The FY14 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award is Announced

Today Administrator Bolden and I took a trip down to Huntsville, Alabama to present the FY14 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award to Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). This award is presented each fiscal year to the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. This is a great achievement for MSFC since it will be the fourth time that MSFC has been awarded the Administrator’s Cup in the seven years it has been presented. 

I want to recognize Marshall’s Center Director Mr. Patrick Scheuermann and the center Small Business Specialist Mr. David Brock for their tireless commitment to the small business program.

As David Brock, the Marshall small business specialist says, “It is indeed an honor for our Center to have been selected to receive such a prestigious award the fourth time in seven years. Our successes start with our management. Their continuing support has created a positive environment in which to promote small business utilization across all organizations at MSFC. Our large business prime contractors have also contributed immensely to our successes as noted by the high mark in total subcontracting to small businesses in fiscal year 2014 of approximately $375 million. Other major contributors to our successes include the Marshall Prime Contractor Supplier Council consisting of representatives from approximately 50 large businesses, and the Marshall Small Business Executive Leadership Team consisting of representatives from approximately 30 small businesses. Both of these organizations provide strategic guidance to assist the Small Business Program staff in the implementation of NASA’s Socioeconomic Programs at MSFC. The key is teamwork.”

This year, I am pleased, but not at all surprised to present this gallant award to the Marshall team. They continue to build upon their excellence and are definitely setting the precedence for all NASA centers. They show exceptional loyalty to our mission and small business. 

Congratulations on this groundbreaking achievement and keep up the hard work in helping NASA achieve its goals!

From the Left: Marshall Space Flight Center Small Business Specialist Mr. David Brock, NASA Administrator Mr. Charles Bolden and Marshall Space Flight Center Director Mr. Patrick Scheuermann

Read the full press release HERE

Friday, March 27, 2015

FY14 Agency-Level Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA)

This year, NASA Administrator, Mr. Charles Bolden presented the FY14 Agency-Level Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA) at the NASA Industry Forum (NIF). Administrator Bolden discussed NASA’s ongoing missions and the importance of small business to the agency. “Small business is the heart and soul of NASA,” he said before explaining the process of how the agency-level winners are selected in three categories.

The FY14 Agency-Level Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year is a.i. solutions.They are the prime contractor on the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 2 (ELVIS 2) contract at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). While providing great customer service and submitting all contract deliverables on time they also assist NASA and the Launch Services Program (LSP) in meeting its mission goals.

From the left: Marisa Achee, Director of Business Development, Chip Greek, Director of Launch Services Division, Bob Sperling, President & CEO, Mark Roberts, Executive Vice President, Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

The FY14 Agency-Level Subcontractor of the Year is Advanced Aerospace Solutions, LLC (AdvAero). AdvAero is a subcontractor to Engility Corporation on the Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR) Analysis and Development contract. TASAR is new to NASA and having Engility partnered with AdvAero takes concept formulation to operational readiness due to their expertise in this industry.

From the left: Marie-Helen Larose, Flight Test Engineer, John Maris, Chief Executive Officer and Mark Haynes, Chief Operating Officer, Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator 

The FY14 Agency-Level Prime Contractor of the Year is Raytheon Company. Raytheon is an exceptional Large Business Prime Contractor at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The integrated partnership with Earth Observing Systems Data and Information System (EOSDIS) and the Evolution and Development (EED) contract supporting Earth Science Data and Information System (ESDIS) helps provide ten small businesses with growth opportunities that equates to a 42% work share for small business.

From the left: Tim Durham, Raytheon Business Development Manager Global Mission Operations, Timothy Ortiz, EOSDIS Evolution and Development Program, Senior Program Manager, Andrew J. Nappi, Director of Federal Programs, Raytheon Mission Support and Modernization, Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator 

Congratulations to all three centers and SBIA winners for their exceptional accomplishments in FY14.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 Spring NASA Industry Forum (NIF)

The NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) held an engaging and highly successful 3rd NASA Industry Forum (NIF) meeting. The NIF takes place semiannually and provides members the opportunity to gain insight and perspectives about center issues. The NIF is an agency-wide effort to share center-level information that is of concern to both NASA as well as NASA's contractors. The NIF consists of both small and large contractors representing all NASA centers.

We were honored to have many great speakers present at the 2015 Spring NIF meeting. Our first speaker was Ms. Lesa Roe, Deputy Administrator of NASA Office of the Administrator who briefed us on the Technical Capabilities Assessment Team Overview. Our second speaker was Dr. John Mather, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006. His presentation focused on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) which was a great sendoff for our tour of Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) on the second day of the NIF. The next speaker was Mr. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator addressed the NIF stating the importance of small business within NASA before he and I presented the FY2014 NASA Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA).

As the day progressed, Mr. Kenneth Dodds, Director, Office of Policy, Planning & Liaison for the Small Business Administration (SBA) addressed us with a suburb SBA update to the NIF members. Our closing speaker was Ms. Krista Paquin, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mission Support presenting a Business Services Assessment Briefing that we appreciated. I want to thank all of our presenters for attending the NIF meeting.

Dr. John Mather presenting on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

On the second day of the NIF we took a bus to tour GSFC. The tour exceeded my expectations and I continue to be fascinated by how NASA limitlessly acts as the catalyst for aeronautics and deep space exploration. I look forward to another successful NIF coming in the fall of 2015 and I will continue to put forth effort to make the NIF as beneficial for its members as possible.

A look into the Clean Room of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) at
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) tour

The spring 2015 NASA Industry Forum (NIF) members after the Goddard Tour