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During the past decade WSSC has awarded over 1 billion to SLMBE firms. Our mandate each year is to determine and implement new strategies to build on this record. We recognize that SLMBE firms help provide ideas and perspectives reflective of the diverse marketplace and community in which we serve. WSSCs SLMBE Program has created many win-win solutions for WSSC and our 1.8 million residents to whom we proudly provide water and sewer services. WSSC continues its commitment to the success of Small Local and Minority Business Enterprise SLMBE firms. The MBE Program is mandated to lower barriers to contracting opportunities for MBE primes and subcontractors. In doing so WSSC effectively levels the competitive field for MBEs WBEs and small and local businesses in Montgomery and Prince Georges counties and the surrounding metropolitan area. This report will describe the accomplishments of WSSCs supplier diversity initiatives in FY 2015. WSSCs Minority Business Enterprise MBE Program was codified in WSSC Standard Procedure SP MBE 11-01. The statutory foundation for SP MBE 11-01 was reauthorized by the General Assembly in 2012 and will expire on July 1 2017 unless renewed. SP MBE 11-01 which in accordance with applicable law is a narrowly-tailored program facilitates participation of responsible MBEs in all types of WSSC contracting and provides in limited circumstances for race-conscious remedies consistent with the results of WSSCs 2010 Disparity Study. The results conveyed in the following pages highlight the success WSSC has achieved since implementing SP MBE 11-01 and a companion program SP SLBE 12-01 which assists small businesses located in Montgomery County and Prince Georges County to participate in WSSC contracting. These policy changes led to new contract requirements and have impacted results for awards and ultimately payments. The cornerstone of the MBE program and key performance measure is the dollar value of contract payments made to MWBEs.1 In alignment with the goals of the MBE Program WSSC continues to implement strategies to support increasing contract payments to MWBEs each fiscal year based on the 2010 Disparity Study. In FY 2015 WSSC spent 134.4 million 25 in total contract payments to MWBEs Figure 1 as compared to 99.9 million 20 in payments made in FY 2014 Figure 2. This represents a 34.5 increase in payments made to our ever-growing supplier base in the MWBE vendor community. Executive Summary Figure 1 FY 2015 MWBE Contract Payments 20 80 25 75 MWBE 99965605 Majority 391394729 Figure 2 FY 2014 MWBE Contract Payments MWBE 134409006 Majority 408331009 1The abbreviation MWBE includes women-owned business enterprises WBEs as well as minority-owned firms that have obtained MBE certification as provided in SP MBE 11-01 WSSC SLMBE Performance Results I 6