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Marta Metelko
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1624)

Sept. 14, 2004
RELEASE : 04-298
NASA Honors Minority Contractors
Three firms were honored at NASA's 13th Annual Minority Business and Advocates Awards ceremony in Washington.

NASA named Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) as Minority Contractor of the Year. Crewstone Technologies was named Minority Subcontractor of the Year. Cimarron, Inc. was named the Women Owned Business of the Year.

NASA also recognized outstanding advocates within the agency for their contributions and innovative approaches to using minority and women owned businesses. These NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medals were given in three categories, Technical, Procurement, and Small Business.

The winner in the Technical category was Joseph Conley, from NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. (ARC). In Procurement, Carlos Torres also from ARC was recognized. In the Small Business category, Mary Helen Ruiz of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. was recognized.

Winners of the NASA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Special Recognition Awards for lifetime achievement or a single outstanding act were:

The Minority Business and Professionals Network, Innovative Technologies, Inc., and Frontier Electronic Systems.

NASA Headquarters and four NASA field centers were recognized for meeting or exceeding all negotiated socio-economic small business goals. The Glenn Research Center, Cleveland; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.; and Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va. were recognized. For information and list of winners on the Web, visit:


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