32 (revised 11/2017) WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report VIEWS FROM THE C-SUITE: SUPPLIER DIVERSITY & INCLUSION THOMAS STREET, DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER FOR ADMINISTRATION Thomas Street is the Deputy General Manager for Administration and supports and advises the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer in areas of finance and fiscal policy, procurement, information technology, emergency response, business development, and fleet. Evoking his long-term experience working with local minority businesses in the region he states, “WSSC’s Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Programs are the best in their class nationally,” affirms Street. “There are historically disadvantaged situations that have to be remedied, and our programs are excellent in doing that. In addition, our objective is to build local business capacity in order to direct the resources we use back to the local economy. Towanda [Livingston’s] success building the program and leading OSDI in that direction has been outstanding,” says Street. For WSSC, payments are critical. “Winning task orders or contract awards doesn’t really mean a lot unless the Commission actually uses the service and WSSC makes payments for the full amount of the contract value,” acknowledges Street. “Payments are where the rubber really hits the road; contract payments in FY 2017 were $42 million more than FY 2016, and we made payments to women and minority firms totaling $157 million, which was 27% of our spending,” adds Street. “We made awards to those same firms in the amount of $236 million, or 37% of our total spending, which is $85 million more than in FY 2016. Just those numbers alone indicate we are doing something dramatically different; we are paying a lot more attention to these programs and are using these programs to meet the agency’s mission.” WSSC has approved a total of 300 SLBE firms, 85% of which are also certified-MBE firms. These firms can leverage either approval status in different contracting