Washington, D.C. – Calling them "indispensible to our nation’s economic recovery," National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino today highlighted the Department of Energy’s and NNSA’s commitment to small businesses during remarks to the DOE’s Annual Small Business Conference & Expo.
In remarks titled "Investing in the Future Means Investing in Small Businesses," Administrator D’Agostino noted that small businesses create about 2 of every 3 new jobs in America each year, and that more than half of working Americans own or work for a small business. For NNSA, Administrator D’Agostino said "small business is good business" because small business contracting helps reduce overhead costs and "helps us be more efficient in the use of taxpayer dollars."
The largest civilian contracting agency within the Federal government, the Department of Energy has more than doubled its total small business achievement over the last decade – from $3.8 billion in FY 2000 to $7.7 billion in 2010. This week’s conference in Kansas City, Missouri, which drew more than 1,600 participants, will present information to help small businesses across the country benefit from federal funding including grant opportunities, contracting openings, and subcontracting options.
The following are excerpts of Administrator D’Agostino’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
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.