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 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