firms increased again in FY 2017. The SLBE Program furthers the WSSC’s objective of fostering broad- based competition within the vendor community. On March 15, 2017, WSSC approved Standard Procedure SLBE 2017-005, which supplanted SP SLBE 12-01. Total contract payments made to WSSC-Approved SLBE firms, inclusive of prime contractors and validated contract payments of subcontractors in FY 2017, was $56.2 million, a $25.2 million increase compared to FY 2016 SLBE total contract payments of $31 million. Total contract awards made to WSSC-Approved SLBE firms in FY 2017 was $53 million, an $8.3 million increase compared to FY 2016 SLBE total contract awards of $44.7 million. FIGURE 5: FY 2017 SLBE TOTAL CONTRACT PAYMENTS Non-SLBE $532,545,349 10% SLBE $56,229,854 90% Total Contract Payments: $588,775,203 FIGURE 6: FY 2017 SLBE TOTAL CONTRACT AWARDS Non-SLBE $589,605,506 8% SLBE $53,066,291 92% Total Contract Awards: $642,671,797