Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Environmental Security Sherri W. Goodman
presented awards today to four small and disadvantaged businesses for their
outstanding performance records in the DoD's environmental cleanup program.
The award winners were recognized with a plaque at the National Contract
Management Association's annual conference in San Francisco. The firms honored
were Oil Spill Consultants of Anchorage, Alaska; Operational technologies, Inc.
of San Antonio, Texas; Cheyenne Building Contractors, Inc. of Ruidoso, New
Mexico; and Environmental Chemical Corporation of Burlingame, California.
"The businesses we honor today have demonstrated their strong commitment to
hard work and professionalism. Their efforts have resulted in cleaner, safer
communities across our nation," said Goodman.
Small businesses have played a significant role in DoD's environmental cleanup
program because of the expertise small firms provide to the many challenges
associated with cleanup work. Participation in DoD wide programs from small
businesses has continued to rise since 1987, when Congress mandated that DoD
set aside a percentage of its contracts to small and disadvantaged businesses.
In FY94, small businesses received $24.8 billion of all DoD contract dollars,
small and disadvantaged businesses received $6.1 billion of that amount, and
women-owned businesses received $1.9 billion in contract dollars for FY94.
The Department of Defense is responsible for the management of thousands of
military installations and other defense sites through the United States and
overseas. In 1984, Congress established the Defense Environmental Restoration
Account to ensure DoD cleans up these sites and protects vulnerable