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April 27, 2005
RELEASE : 05-107
NASA Honored By Small Business Adminstration
NASA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization was presented with the prestigious Frances Perkins Vanguard Award at a luncheon hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration yesterday afternoon. The award was presented to NASA for excelling in its utilization of women-owned small businesses.

The Frances Perkins Vanguard Award honors government agencies, government officials and corporations in the private sector that use women-owned small businesses as prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

"This was a well-deserved award," said Ralph Thomas, NASA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. "Our entire agency has worked hard to involve outstanding women-owned businesses in every facet of NASA's mission -- the proof is in the pudding," he added.

During FY 2004, NASA awarded a total of $847 million to women owned small businesses; $323 million in prime contracting and $524 million in subcontracting, setting agency records in both categories. This amount is nearly a $200 million increase over dollars awarded to women-owned firms in FY 2003. It also represents NASA's highest total dollars ever awarded to women owned small businesses.

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