40 (revised 11/2017) WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report VIEWS FROM THE C-SUITE: CONT. JOSEPH MANTUA, WSSC’S DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER FOR OPERATIONS Joseph “Joe” Mantua oversees the engineering, production, and utility services teams—that together manage the production of drinking water. Coming to WSSC from the private sector, Mantua sees important differences between WSSC’s Small Local Business Enterprise (SLBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Programs and other programs like it. “In the private engineering community, there typically aren’t programs as robust or with the level of scrutiny, tracking, and monitoring of results,” Mantua notes. “The Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (“OSDI”) focuses on making sure that MBE and SLBE Program procedures are implemented and that numbers are tracked and accounted for. These Programs are more than a good faith effort. They get results.” Mantua says the OSDI has matured and strengthened, with the 2015 Disparity Study as its guide. WSSC has used results from the study to make strategic adjustments and identify gaps regarding the involvement of small and local businesses. “While there is always room to grow, the progress made in WSSC’s ability to track and monitor goals and results makes this year a notable transformation from previous years.” In regards to overall performance in FY 2017, Mantua expresses, “We achieved significant numbers for contracting with small and local businesses for WSSC”. WSSC made total contract payments of over $156.9 million to MBE firms and $56.2 million to WSSC- Approved SLBE firms. “We have had the pleasure of working with the broadest, strongest pool of vendors in design and construction that we have seen, thanks to the OSDI’s active engagement.” Mantua credits