62 (revised 11/2017) WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report GLOSSARY OF TERMS CONT. procurements and contracts for bidding exclusively by WSSC-Approved SLBEs/SLBE-SDVs to facilitate their competitive development (formerly Sheltered Market Program). Payments—Dollars actually paid to prime contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers for WSSC-contracted goods and services. Procurement—Buying, purchasing, renting, leasing, or otherwise acquiring any goods and supply services related to those goods and services, and any kind of professional services, including consultants, architectural and engineering services, or construction. It also includes all functions under the Chief Procurement Officer, including description of requirements, selection and solicitation of sources, preparation and award of contract, and all phases of contract administration. Procurement Card (P-Card)—A credit card used by Commission employees to purchase items under $5,000. These expenditures are not currently included in the MBE contract payment data. Procurement Office—The office that obtains goods and professional services Commission-wide. Procurement Officer—Any WSSC employee duly authorized to enter into and administer contracts and make written determinations with respect thereto. Proffer—To include in an offer. When a bidder or proposer’s offer is accepted with subcontracting participation, WSSC states that the bidder or proposer has proffered subcontracting on the contract. Graduation—A MBE or SLBE firm permanently graduates from WSSC’s MBE and/or SLBE Programs when it meets the criteria stated in SP MBE 2017-004 and SP SLBE 2017-005. Minority Business Enterprise (MBE or MWBE)— MBE is used in two ways in this report: ■  When used to describe an official WSSC program or policy, MBE refers to any legal entity, except a joint venture, that is organized to engage in commercial transactions; is certified as being at least fifty-one percent (51%) owned, managed, and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged minority or woman individuals as defined in Article §14-301 of the State Finance & Procurement Article of the Maryland Annotated Code; and is ready, willing, and able to sell goods or services that are purchased by the WSSC . In this use, MBE includes women-owned business enterprises and is limited to firms that have obtained MBE certification in accordance with the provisions of Section VII.A. ■  When used in conjunction with graphs and tables in this report, it includes women-owned businesses, unless specifically designated. Office of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion (“OSDI” or “Supplier Diversity Office”)—The office responsible for planning, managing, coordinating, and monitoring the Commission’s Minority Business Enterprise Program in accordance with State Law. (formerly the Small, Local and Minority Business Enterprise (SLMBE) Office. Optimization of Diverse Business Development Program (“ODBDP”)—An affirmative procurement initiative designed to identify a portion of WSSC