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SLMBELegislativeReport15BuildingRelationshipsSettinggoalsfordiversitywouldmeanlittlewithoutfocusedeffortstoachievethosegoals.TheSLMBEOfcehasdevelopedabroadrangeofprogramsandactivitiesthatbuildandstrengthenourrelationshipswiththelocalbusinesscommunityprofessionalandtradeorganizationspolicymakersandthepublic.Theyfallunderfourcategoriesfourpillarsthatsupportourdiversityprogramsupplieradvocacycomplianceout-reachandsupplierdevelopment.SupplierAdvocacyToensurethatallsuppliershavefairandequalaccesstoWSSCcontractswecontinuallyDevelopandimplementpoliciesandprocedurestoenhancediversityReviewandapproveSLBEapplicationsandguidelinesServeonprojectandcontractevaluationcommitteesReviewsolicitationstorecommendMWBEandSLBEsubcontractingrequirementsonWSSC-fundedcontractsIdentifyshelteredmarketopportunitieswhereMBEandSLBErmscancompeteinasmallvendorpool.ComplianceAmajorgoalinFY2013wastomakecompliancewithSLMBErequirementseasiertofulllandtotrack.Weareproudtoreportthatthisyearwemadeasuccessfultransitiontoanewweb-basedcompliancetoolthatwillhelpusmeetthisgoal.WSSCsnewsystemimprovesqualitycontrolhelpseliminateduplicateeffortsinternallyandmakesourprocessesmoretransparenttoallusers.Wenowprovideon-linetutorialsforvendorsandconductmonthlytrainingforbothinternalandexternalusers.WSSCsleadershipandstaffplayanintegralroleintheenforcementofgoodfaitheffortsandothercompliancemeasures.TheCommissionroutinelyscru-tinizesprimecontractorsdocumentssupportinggoodfaitheffortsandtheirrequestsforwaiversmodify-ingsubcontractingcommitments.TheSLMBEOfcereceived18waiverrequestsinFY2013approved6ofthemanddenied12.Allsixoftheapprovedrequestswereforpartialwaivers.BeginninginFY2014wewillbegintrackingtheeffectswaivershaveonpayments.ThisyearwealsoinitiatedaWSSC-wideawarenesscampaignMakeComplianceMatterincludingthefollowingRespondtocomplaintsofunsatisfactorycompli-anceandtakecorrectiveactiononnewandexistingcontracts.Validatesubcontractorutilizationnowusingthenewweb-basedcompliancesystem.AttendmonthlycontractcompliancemeetingswiththeChiefProcurementOfcerandprojectmanagers.ProvidemonthlyAppendixAtrainingseeGlossarytoensurebiddersareinformedaboutthesolicitationprocess.