Please join me in congratulating the small businesses and DHS employees that were recognized at the 13th Annual DHS Small Business Awards Ceremony! Acting Under Secretary for Management Chip Fulghum and I were honored to present awards to sixteen small businesses for their exceptional achievements at each Component. DHS Heads of Contracting Activity, Small Business team members, and several DHS employees were also recognized for their outstanding efforts to promote the small business program.
For seven consecutive years (FY2008 – FY2015), we have earned “A” grades on the annual Small Business Administration Scorecard. The Components continue to make significant strides to achieve or exceed our goals in each of the small business categories. But DHS’s Small Business Program is more than just meeting goals – it’s getting the mission delivered with the right companies. I applaud the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that small businesses bring, and am inspired by how well our procurement and small business communities work together to protect our homeland while promoting efficiency and effectiveness throughout the procurement process.