David E. Steitz Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

30, 1993 (Phone: 202/358-1730) RELEASE: 93-214


NASA EXCEEDS MINORITY SMALL BUSINESS GOAL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced today that NASA has awarded 8.5 percent of it's 1993 fiscal year contracting budget to socially and economically disadvantaged firms -- achieving a Congressionally mandated goal of 8 percent for FY 1994 a year early. "Even before coming to NASA I was committed to Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) contracting," Goldin said. "I felt it was good for the country, good for the company, and good for the customer. In meeting the will of Congress, NASA has exemplified a level of teamwork among its contractors, top-level managers and employees that reflects the high standards of the Agency." Upon his arrival at NASA in April 1992, Goldin took immediate steps to strengthen the opportunities for meeting the 8 percent goal. Actions taken were based on a six point plan developed by Goldin that included the following: * Primary responsibility for achieving the goal was placed on the technical community. Center Directors and NASA top management were evaluated in their yearly performance plans on how well they did in meeting the goal.

* In the past, contract consolidations had a detrimental effect on prime contract awards to SDBs. New contracts which involve consolidations now require the approval of the Chief of Staff before implementation. * Under a Determinations and Findings approved by Congress, NASA was able to set aside $310 million for competition restricted only to SDBs. * Institutional Associate Administrators were asked to review the SDB contracting/subcontracting programs of their respective centers in order to increase SDB subcontracting on the Agency's top 100 contracts. - more -2* An award recognition program was developed for technical, small business, and contracting civil service personnel for their contributions in achieving the goal. * The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., was challenged to double their SDB subcontracting in 1993. In addition to these guidelines, the Administrator formed the NASA Minority Business Resources Advisory Committee, whose purpose was to eliminate barriers in doing business with NASA and to broaden the SDB contractor base. For the first time in history, NASA's awards to minority businesses approached $1 billion. In addition, NASA met or exceeded all of its 1993 small business goals that are negotiated with the Small Business Administration. The achievement of the goal includes NASA's total value of prime and subcontract awards to small disadvantaged (including women owned) businesses, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority educational institutions. - end -