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Release No: 121-99
March 24, 1999

WOMEN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDEES ANNOUNCED

The Department of Defense Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (SADBU) has announced the selection of five DoD organizations for recognition of outstanding performance in efforts to meet or exceed the 5 percent women-owned small business (WOSB) goal in fiscal 1998.

SADBU Director Robert L. Neal Jr. said that the Department requested nominations for the WOSB award from each of the military Services and the Defense Logistics Agency, and one selection from among the other Defense agencies. According to Neal, outstanding performance was based primarily on a significant increase in contract awards to WOSB concerns over prior years.

The recipients of the DoD WOSB Achievement Award for fiscal 98 are:

Army: U. S. Property and Fiscal Office, Washington, Tacoma, Wash.-increased awards to WOSB from 3.8 percent of total contracting dollars to 42.5 percent in fiscal 98. This represents $5.5 million in additional contract awards to WOSB concerns.

Navy: Naval Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake, Calif.-awarded 10.1 percent of their contracts to WOSB operations for a total of $26.4 million last fiscal year. This represents a $23.7 million increase over fiscal 97.

Air Force: 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.-awarded 23.1 percent of U. S. purchases, or more than $9.3 million, to WOSB in fiscal 98.

Defense Logistics Agency: Defense Supply Center, Richmond, Va.-increased awards to WOSB by $11 million, bringing total to $58.7 million.

Other Defense Agencies: National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.-increased awards by $9.8 million last fiscal year.

The recipients will be recognized at a ceremony and special reception at the Fort Myer Officers' Club, Arlington, Va. on March 30, 1999, at 9 a.m. (EST).

Direct contract awards to WOSB by DoD in fiscal 98 totaled $1.99 billion. This represents an increase of $150 million over fiscal 97. Subcontract awards to WOSB were $2.4 billion, an increase of more than $500 million from fiscal 97. The total DoD prime contracts and subcontracts awarded to WOSB in fiscal 98 was 4.0 percent of the Department's total of $110 billion.