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The NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) is pleased to share “OSBP News,” which highlights some recent outreach engagements with small businesses and other stakeholders.

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Intuitive Machines’ and South Pole Landing

A small business has landed on the Moon!

On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus spacecraft successfully landed at the Moon’s South Polar region! This lunar landing marks the first touchdown of an uncrewed spacecraft by a U.S. commercial company.

In May 2019, NASA awarded Intuitive Machines of Houston a $77.5 million contract of actual small business dollars to deliver research, including science investigations and a technology demonstration, to the Moon in 2024. The commercial delivery is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative and the Artemis program. Odysseus launched at 1:05 a.m. EST, Feb. 15, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA’s CLPS initiative allows rapid acquisition of lunar delivery services from American companies for payloads that advance capabilities for science, exploration, or commercial development of the Moon. The science investigations and technology demonstrations delivered to the lunar surface through CLPS are part of the agency’s broader goal of returning humans to the Moon through Artemis.
 
As we progress towards the next phase of our journey to Mars, examples such as this may ultimately lead to increased opportunities as large businesses now have evidence that today’s small businesses are not your typical “mom-and-pop” services.

Join us in celebrating this significant achievement in the small business community and Johnson Space Center!

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Intuitive Machines’ and South Pole Landing
Intuitive Machines’ and South Pole Landing

NASA Vendor Database Milestone!

Great News! The new NASA Vendor Database has reached a huge milestone!! We have 1,000 users registered!

Register your business today: https://apps.nasa.gov/nvdb/

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NASA Administrator Names New Head of Small Business Programs

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Monday Dwight Deneal will serve as the new assistant administrator for the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, effective immediately.
In this role, Deneal provides executive leadership, policy direction, and management for programs that help ensure all small businesses are given a fair chance to work with NASA. He succeeds Glenn Delgado, who retired from the agency in December 2023. Read full press release at…

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Assistant Administrator for NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs, Dwight Deneal, poses for portrait, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the NASA Headquarters Mary W. Jackson Building in Washington.
Assistant Administrator for NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs, Dwight Deneal, poses for portrait, Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, at the NASA Headquarters Mary W. Jackson Building in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA, US Department of Commerce Expand Minority Business Efforts

NASA and the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Dec. 28, 2023, to help connect minority businesses to NASA acquisition and development opportunities. Outreach efforts will focus on engaging both minority and other underserved businesses.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy speaks with Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development, Donald Cravins, Jr., Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, at the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building in Washington.
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Farewell to former NASA Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Program, Mr. Glenn A. Delgado

After 17 years of service to NASA, Glenn A. Delgado, associate administrator for the agency’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), has announced he will retire from NASA, effective Dec. 30, 2023. Delgado’s successor will be identified through a nationwide search and open competition.

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After 17 years of service to NASA, Glenn A. Delgado, associate administrator for the agencys Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), has announced he will retire from NASA, effective Dec. 30. 2023.

FY23 SBAA and SBIA Center-Level Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all of the FY23 SBAA and SBIA Center-Level Award Winners.

Click the link below to view all of the winners!

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NASA Announces Retirement of Associate Administrator for Small Business

After 17 years of service to NASA, Glenn A. Delgado, associate administrator for the agency’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), has announced he will retire from NASA, effective Dec. 30. 2023. Delgado’s successor will be identified through a nationwide search and open competition.

“Glenn understands that to chart America’s course in space, we must empower the whole of our nation here at home,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “Small businesses across America are indispensable to NASA’s missions, from helping build the most powerful telescope to sending a new generation of explorers to the Moon through Artemis. Glenn’s can-do spirit will continue to expand economic opportunity and help NASA achieve the impossible for decades to come. We wish him well in retirement.”

As the head of OSBP, Delgado provided executive leadership and policy direction for creating programs that ensure all small businesses are given a fair chance to work with NASA. Since his arrival at NASA in 2006, the number of contracts awarded to small businesses has significantly increased. As of this year, NASA has invested more than $3.6 billion dollars directly into small businesses and $3.5 billion subcontracted to small businesses from the agency’s large contractors, equating to 36% of NASA’s total obligated dollars this fiscal year. Additionally, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized several new policies and procedures implemented by OSBP as a federal government best practice. On July 18, the SBA announced NASA earned an “A” for the sixth consecutive year for its work with small businesses, exceeding its goals by 18%.

Delgado has been steadfast in his mission of improving workplace culture for employees of color. He has served three consecutive terms as chairperson of the Executive Committee for the Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Director’s Council.

With over 43 years of acquisition experience, Delgado has received multiple awards, including the Presidential Rank Award, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. The Congressional Black Caucus honored Delgado with the Small Business Champion Living Legends Award. NASA also has awarded OSBP approximately six agency-level Group Achievement Awards for its outstanding performance under his leadership.

Prior to Delgado’s appointment to NASA, he served as the director of small business for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the acting director of the Department of the Navy’s Office of Small Business Programs. While at NAVAIR, he worked on several major weapon system programs, serving as the procuring contracting officer for the A-6, EA-6B, and F/A-18 C/D aircraft. Delgado was awarded the Superior Civilian Service medal and two Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service medals for his innovative approaches and performances as a procuring contracting officer and director of small business.

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Administrator Nelson and Glenn Delgado standing next to NASA building
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June 2023

FY22 NASA Small Business Awards and Achievement Ceremony.

FY22 NASA Small Business Awards and Achievement Ceremony

May 31, 2023

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Remarks and introduction by the NASA Deputy Administrator

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Request for Information on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities in NASA Procurements and Federal Financial Assistance

NASA is looking for feedback from Underserved communities!
The deadline to respond is June 11, 2023.

The deadline to respond is July 11, 2023.

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NASA and Partners Small Business and HBCU Summit Recap

NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs hosted the NASA and Partners Small Business and HBCU Summit Thursday, April 27, at Southern University in New Orleans.

More than 200 individuals attended this one-day, in-person small business conference event. The summit provided tips, tools, and resources on doing business with NASA for small businesses and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Attendees had an opportunity to learn about the procurement process at NASA, the NASA Mentor-Protégé Program, federal government opportunities, working with agency prime contractors, resources from trade associations, and much more. Event highlights included a message from NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy and an in-person greeting from the office of Louisiana Rep. Troy A. Carter, Sr.

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Small business and HBCU Summit recap
NASA/OSBP

The event was a collaborative effort including, but not limited to:

  • NASA’s
    • Office of Small Business Programs
    • Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
    • Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
    • Shared Services Center
    • Office of Procurement
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Louisiana APEX Accelerator
  • Louisiana Economic Development
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Dillard University
  • Xavier University
  • U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana

For more information about the event, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/osbp/regional-outreach

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Meet the newest member of the OSBP Team!

Osby the OSBP Mascot is launched!

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HI I am Osby, the newest member of OSBP.