WSSC’s FY 2017 OSDI Programs’ Performance Results Report (revised 11/2017) 7 ABOUT WSSC’S OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (OSDI) Supplier Diversity is a carefully planned strategy that keeps on giving. Since 1978, WSSC has demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering minority and women-owned businesses through its contracting opportunities. WSSC’s OSDI effectively advocates for MBE participation in WSSC’s contracting opportunities via various preferences such as: contract-specific subcontracting requirements, price preferences, and the Optimization of Diverse Business Development Program (“ODBDP” – formerly Sheltered Market Program) opportunities. In 2001, WSSC’s OSDI established its signature SLBE Program to ensure the inclusion of small local firms located in the great Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in its contracting opportunities. Today, the OSDI has embedded into WSSC’s culture the significant value that “diversity is just the way we do business!” The ultimate goal of the OSDI is to re-engineer the ‘playing field’ for public contracts for diverse suppliers, and to ensure fair and equal access in WSSC’s contracting opportunities. Joe Mantua, Deputy General Manager for Operations, Towanda R. Livingston, Director, OSDI and Commissioner Thomasina V. Rogers, Chair, WSSC.