FY 2017 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 2017 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 has demonstrated exceptional performance during FY 2017. Awards will be presented at the 17th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

(1) 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.

(2) 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.

(3) 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 SystemNext 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.

(4) 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.

(5) Mentor of the Year*

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

Criteria

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

(6) Protege of the Year*

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

Criteria

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

(7) 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business of the Year*

Description - This award recognizes the outstanding performance of a small business, certified by the U.S. Small Business Administrations 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.

(8) 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.

(9) 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.

(10) 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.

(11) SBIR/STTR Small Business of the Year*

Description - Recognizes a U.S. small business that exemplifies the spirit of DOEs 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 nations 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.

(12) 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.

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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.