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16IWSSCSLMBELegislativeReportInternalEffortsofWSSCandtheSLMBEOfficeThecommitmentoftheSLMBEProgramisrootedinthebeliefoftheWSSCCommissionersGeneralManagerCEOandseniormanagementthatdiversityisjustthewaywedobusiness.ThiscommitmentisgrowingdeeperinWSSCsculturewithpositiveeffectsinhowWSSCimplementspoliciestoincreaseparticipationbyMBEandWBEfirmsincontractingopportunities.MotivatedbyourachievementsinFY2014theSLMBEOfficestrivescontinuouslytointegratenewbestandcurrentsupplierdiversitypracticesandprincipalsdesignedtomeetandexceedourfiscalyearMBEexpenditureaspirationalgoal.TheSLMBEOfficeStrategycentersaroundFourStrategicPillarsthatincludeSupplierAdvocacyComplianceExtensiveOutreachandSupplierDevelopmentandarethehallmarkoftheSLMBEOffice.SupplierAdvocacyTheSLMBEOfficeensuresfairandequalaccesstoWSSCcontractsforallsuppliersbySupportingpoliciesandprocedurestofurtherthepurposeandgoalsoftheSLMBEProgramReviewingandapprovingSLBEapplicationsandguidelinesforWSSCssignatureSLBEProgramServingonprojectandcontractevaluationcommitteesandsourcingteamsandReviewingsolicitationsforMBEandSLBEsubcon-tractingrequirementrecommendationsforcontracts.ComplianceTheSLMBEOfficeremainsvigilantinexecutingcompliance-relatedactivities.ExamplesoftheseeffortsincludeConductingmonthlytrainingsonPRISMWSSCssubcontractreportingtoolforbothinternalandexternalend-usersProcessingover600contract-relatedSLMBEmemorandumsidentifyingopportunitiesforMWBEandSLBEfirmsonWSSC-fundedcontractsinFY14comparedto500inFY13resultinginanincreaseofapproximately17ValidatingsubcontractorutilizationthroughtheuseofcompliancereportingtoolsRespondingtonumerouscompliance-relatedissuesforresolutionsReviewingwaiverrequestswhichdecreasedfrom18inFY13tothreeinFY14.AllthreeoftheFY14requestsforwaiversweredeniedresultinginnoimpacttopaymentsEstablishingcorrectiveactionplansandprovidingcounselingtocontractorsinsupportoftheirperformanceonWSSC-fundedcontractsandImplementingadesignatedmailboxforcompliancequestionsandissuesandcontractmatters.SupplierDevelopmentAccomplishmentsIncollaborationwiththeWSSCProcurementOfficeandWSSCscontractingareastheSLMBEOfficeco-hostedandorservedaspresentersinseveralHowtodoBusinesswithWSSCeventsattheWSSCheadquartersinLaurelMaryland.FormanyoftheparticipatingsupplierstheopportunitytonetworkreceivecontractforecastsfromthevariousbusinessunitsandlearnaboutWSSCcontractingproceduresenhancedtheirsuccessindoingbusinesswithWSSC.MembersoftheSLMBEOfficealsoservedonpanelswithmanyofthesupportingagenciestoprovideMWBEfirmswithinformationabouttheSLMBEOfficeandhowtosuccessfullydobusinesswithWSSC.