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18SLMBELegislativeReportInreachingouttothecommunitydevelopingnewsup-pliersandworkingwithinterestedpartnerstomakethecontractingprocesssmootherandmoretranspar-entWSSCsSLMBEProgramhasbenetedboththeCommissionandthe1.8millionresidentsweserve.Ourachievementsareprogressivetheymarkapathnotadestination.Ourpastperformancerepre-sentsamilestoneandinspirestheCommissiontodoevenbetterinreachingminority-andwomen-ownedbusinessestobroadenouroutreachtoadditionalpopulationslikeveteransandpeoplewithdisabilitiestogivesmallbusinessesopportunitiesthatmayulti-matelyleadtotheirgraduationfromtheSLBEprogramandtoeducatesupplierssothattheycanworkmoreeffectivelywiththeCommissionandimprovetheirabilitytocompeteforbusiness.Keepingoursightsonthesegrowthstrategieswillincreasecontractoppor-tunitiesforsmallminority-andwomen-ownedbusi-nessesenhancediversityandtakeuscondentlyintothefuture.WhileourcontinuingstrongperformanceincontractawardsgivesusreasonforoptimismweknowthatwedidnotreachouroverallgoalinpaymentstoMWBErmsinFY2013.Wearealreadylookingbehindthenumbersandplanningwhatwecandodifferentlyintheyearsahead.Ourcommitmenttodiversityisastrategicprioritythatwemustintegrateateverylevel.ForFY2014theCommissionscomprehensivestrategyonsupplierdiversitywillincludeafocusonMetricsensuringthatwemeasuretheappropriatevariables.WewillevaluateandcompareperformancetrendssincetheinceptionofthenewMBEandSLBEpoliciestoidentifythebestmeasuresrelatedtopay-mentsawardsnumberofcontractsandnumberofcontractors.Targetssettingannualgoals.TheCommissionwillanalyzetheFY2014contractopportunitiestoensurethatweestablishgoalsthathelpusachieveourobjectives.Processbuildingrelationshipswithsuppliers.Wewillworktocontinuestrengtheningouroutreachandcom-municationseffortstargetingtherightaudiencesanddevelopingatoolthathelpsmeasureperformance.Wecontinuetoworktoenhanceopportunitiesforallsuppliersbyintegratingnewtechnologiesdevelopingmorestreamlinedandresponsivebusinessprocessesandassessingtheneedsandpotentialofthework-force.Toallourstakeholdersthe1.8millionresidentswhoseinterestsweserveweofferoursincerethanksfortheirongoingsupport.GoingForward