NNSA Launches Small Business Week at NNSA News Site

Press Release
Dec 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it distributed more than $418 million in small business obligations for federal prime contracts in fiscal year 2009. In addition, NNSA surpassed its departmental small business goal by over 15 percent in fiscal year 2009.

To highlight the success of its small business program, NNSA today launched a new "NNSA Small Business Week" feature on its website.  In addition to releasing a new NNSA fact sheet on our investment in small businesses across the nuclear security enterprise, each day this week the NNSA website will feature a different "Small Business of the Day."

"In addition to employing thousands of people across the country, small business contracting plays an important role in ensuring NNSA can pursue our core missions and maintain our commitment to effective stewardship of taxpayer dollars," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "Small businesses are not just a key element in meeting our nuclear stewardship mission, they are a vital component to the economic recovery of our nation."

The Obama administration has made expanding opportunities for small businesses to compete for federal contracts a top priority. Over the last 15 years, small businesses have created 64 percent of the new private sector jobs, and small businesses employ half of the nation's private sector workforce.

The benefits of using small business companies include making more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, reducing overhead operating costs, and providing an opportunity for small businesses to gain exposure within the nuclear security enterprise, which spans eight major sites across the nation. Federal contracts provide a significant opportunity for small businesses to increase their volume and take their business to the next level.

NNSA uses small businesses to fulfill the majority of its technical and administrative support services at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.. These blanket purchase agreements (BPA) represent 11 teams of more than 80 small businesses and are open for use by any DOE departmental element. NNSA has access to a large number of firms with diverse skills and capabilities to try out and, of course, receive small business credit.
 
A key example of small business contracts is NNSA's Second Line of Defense Program. The program uses three small business-led teams to install radiation portal monitors to detect nuclear and radioactive material at international border crossings, airports  and seaports around the world. These contracts, with a combined ceiling of $700 million and periods of performance of up to seven years, demonstrate the strength of small business capabilities on an international scale. NNSA conducted extensive market research to demonstrate that small businesses had the skills and performance characteristics necessary to work in a number of host countries simultaneously while respecting local cultures and customs, and getting the job done with a mix of American and local country labor.  
 
The NNSA Management & Operating (M&O) contractor's small business programs obligated almost 50 percent of all subcontracted work to small businesses.

NNSA has placed small businesses on center stage as part of its Supply Chain Management Center (SCMC) initiative. The SCMC team is comprised of representatives from each NNSA M&O (with federal involvement) that work together to acquire common goods and services by analyzing buying behavior and by leveraging combined purchasing power. A main criterion for deciding who is finally awarded these multi-site purchasing agreements is small business status. Approximately 75 percent of the commodity agreements available for purchasing are with small businesses – and 98 percent of the dollars placed against those agreements have gone to small businesses during the calendar year.

For more information on NNSA Small Business Week, visit www.nnsa.doe.gov.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.

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