WSSC General Manager/CEO Takes Disparity Study to Next Phase

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Business Community Will Play Key Part

Laurel – February 17, 2016: General Manager/CEO Carla A. Reid announced the next phase of the ongoing Disparity Study, which was launched in May of 2015. MGT of America, who is independently conducting the study, has partnered with McMillon Communications and Oppenheim Research to collect and analyze anecdotal information from the business community.

This phase of the study provides an opportunity for businesses to share experiences of doing business or attempting to do business with WSSC and its prime contractors and vendors.

 “As the new General Manager and CEO of WSSC, improving stakeholder relationships is a top priority for me,” said Carla A. Reid. “We can only improve by hearing from those businesses that have worked with us or participated in our procurement process about what is working and what is not. Participating in this study is an important way businesses can do that.”

Participants will be randomly selected to contribute in this phase of the study via telephone interviews over the next four to six weeks. The information collected will determine the changes that must be made to procurement policies and procedures, including those of WSSC’s Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) program.

Individual information will be kept confidential and aggregated for overall analysis and used only for the purposes of conducting this study.

The Disparity Study examines WSSC’s four principal contracting areas – construction, architecture, engineering, professional services and goods and other services – to determine minority- and women-owned businesses’ availability to compete as prime contractors and sub-contractors in each of the four areas and the extent to which Minority Business Enterprises are used by WSSC.

For more information about the Disparity Study visit http://wsscwater.com/disparitystudy.

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