NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis has been awarded the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup. The award is presented annually to recognize the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. It is the second time Stennis has earned the cup in the award’s eight-year history.
Stennis first received the cup in 2011 for having the most innovative small business program in the agency. Five years later, Stennis is receiving the cup for the tremendous center-wide effort and support to promote and better integrate all small businesses in support of the Stennis programs and mission. In FY 2016, Stennis had its most successful overall year on record with regard to the percentage of dollars awarded to small businesses.
The award was presented to Stennis Director Richard J. Gilbrech by Acting NASA Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot and Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Programs Glenn A. Delgado.
“The Stennis Space Center has earned this award by demonstrating, at every level, a dedication to America’s small businesses who are essential to NASA’s mission,” said Delgado, whose office sponsors the award.
“This is a great honor for Stennis Space Center and reflects the hard work and effort of our dedicated workforce,” Gilbrech said. “Small businesses are vital to both NASA and Stennis, and we are very committed to ongoing partnerships with them. This award demonstrates the depth of that commitment.”
Stennis Office of Procurement Director Rob Harris added: “The credit goes to the firm commitment from senior levels of leadership across the center, the program offices, and the Office of Procurement because everyone knows support to small business is a priority. This commitment is contagious and it permeates through all areas of the center.”
The award honors the significant contributions that the center’s senior management, program and technical personnel, and procurement office have made to the agency’s Small Business Program.