WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report (revised 11/2017) 43 The project will serve as a resource recovery plant; it will help avoid waste, lower greenhouse gases, and lower costs, and it will pay for itself in the long run. “The project, currently in the early design stage, is approaching the point where the vision will become a reality. As the design phase advances, the project team will be looking for local businesses to become part of the project. That is where the OSDI comes in; it keeps local diverse suppliers apprised of WSSC activities and notifies them when prime and subcontracting opportunities become available,” elaborates Gumm. Mr. Gumm describes the Bio-Energy Project as different from typical WSSC projects. “We are using a progressive design-build process, which means when we secure the entire team, we will be working hand-in-hand with them to further the design along, and then we will set the budget,” he says. “The first collaboration may be soliciting input from the community, including a wide range of bio-energy players, about development requirements for a design- build firm to work with.” This landmark project will not only help elevate WSSC to achieve world-class status as a utility enterprise, it will, with the help of the OSDI, bring new jobs to the community and allow WSSC to continue working with local and small businesses. The OSDI has an important mission within WSSC: to maintain a close and meaningful connection with the people that we serve and to keep dollars, as much as possible, within the local community. As WSSC’s Chief Engineer, Gumm wants to promote growth, and his team is working to figure out how to do that efficiently with this important project. “With the Bio-Energy Project and every new project, I remember that I don’t just work here, I live here in this diverse community,” Gumm expresses. Gumm recognizes that growth brings challenges, “We still have things to fix. The IDIQs for example, their indefinite nature of scope makes it very hard for the consultant or contractor to accurately determine the subcontracting team to put together, which can lead to failure to create a team that fits the work WSSC assigns. “We need to work on a more dynamic process that allows more visibility of the type of work that we are giving to contractors or suppliers in these type of contract vehicles.” We also need to work on verification of payments in the system, so we can take credit for them. “It is in WSSC’s interest for the local economy to thrive and to ensure that its programs come full circle. When various WSSC departments contract locally, they contribute to the flow of resources into that economy...” GARY GUMM, WSSC’S CHIEF ENGINEER VIEWS FROM THE C-SUITE: CONT.