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15 I WSSC SLMBE Performance Results WSSCs SLMBE Program and Strategic Sourcing WSSC continues its commitment to guarantee the SLMBE communitys participation in our acquisition of goods and services and professional services. To this end as part of WSSCs current Supply Chain Management Transformation initiative SLMBE firms are given early consideration in WSSC Strategic Sourcing efforts. Strategic Sourcing includes efforts such as expanding the supplier pool conducting negotiations developing customer and supplier relationships risk management and ensuring SLMBE participation in the solicitation process. Cross-functional Strategic Sourcing Teams SST are formed to develop strategies for securing goods and services with a mind towards driving down the cost of doing business. While looking to reduce our costs we safeguard our ongoing efforts to ensure supplier diversity in our acquisition of goods and services by making certain that the SLMBE Office is a member of every SST. Early SLMBE Office involvement guarantees that SLMBE firms are not overlooked in the Strategic Sourcing process and in fact deliberate emphasis and attention is provided to our SLMBE community as we develop sourcing strategies. Supplier Diversity The Strategy That Keeps On Giving Success Stories for the SLMBE Program One SST acquired specialized vehicles needed for our sewer rehabilitation and repair program. The SST identified potential suppliers and conducted special outreach to the SLMBE community. Ultimately a supplier bid to supply WSSC five specialized vehicles at a cost of 1740755. The successful bidder proffered 27.36 or 476271 to a qualified and certified MBE. Without the outreach and the special attention afforded SLMBE firms by the SST it is unlikely that any portion of this 1.7 million contract would have flowed to the SLMBE community. This is just one example of WSSCs efforts to include SLMBE firms in our supplier pool and to identify both prime and sub-contractors early in the Strategic Sourcing process. Strategic Alliance Success Certification Agencies WSSC makes certification easier for SLMBE firms by strategically working with and recognizing five certification agencies that SLMBE firms can use to gain the needed credentials when bidding on WSSC contracts as SLMBE firms. These agencies have formed lasting working relationships with WSSC that benefit the entire business community. They are the 1. Maryland Department of Transportation MDOT 2. Prince Georges County Supplier Development Diversity Division SDDD 3. D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development DSLBD 4. Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council CRMSDC 5. Women Presidents Education Organization WPEO Maintaining a strategic alliance with WSSCs SLMBE Office that yields results is just the way Prince Georges County Supplier Development Diversity Division SDDD does business. Combining our respective strengths to achieve a compatible objective is a win-win for Prince Georges County WSSC and the SLMBE communities. Sharon Moore Jackson Acting Executive Director Prince Georges County Supplier Development Diversity Division