For the second time in four years, the Missile Defense Agency’s Office of Small Business Programs has won the Department of Defense Vanguard Award for exceptionally meritorious service in advancing the ideals of acquisition excellence.

OSBP Acting Director Jerrol Sullivan accepted the Vanguard Award for Fiscal Year 2020 during a virtual ceremony Aug. 19.

“This recognition confirms the effectiveness of the procedures we have established to maximize small business participation in MDA acquisitions,” Sullivan said. “We aim to improve these processes as we continue to support our customers and the evolving MDA mission.”

Speaking for the OSBP team and on behalf of the agency, Sullivan expressed his appreciation for the agency-wide support of the small business mission at MDA.

“As small business professionals, we all know that achieving such success is not possible without teamwork and support from senior leaders and acquisition and contracting professionals within our departments and agencies,” Sullivan said.

Each year, the Vanguard Award recognizes the DOD component that best exhibits a commitment to small business industrial competitiveness. Other nominees for the 2020 award were the headquarters Department of the Army Office of Small Business Programs and the Department of the Navy Office of Small Business Programs.

The MDA OSBP also won the 2017 Vanguard Award, for fiscal year 2017, and accepted that honor on April 25, 2018.

The OSBP ensures all MDA acquisitions are reviewed for participation by small businesses, knowing the MDA relies on the ingenuity of the small business industrial base for its success. The small business team oversees the Mentor-Protege program, along with programs for Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses, Women-owned Small Businesses, and Historically Underutilized Business Zones. Through additional outreach programs, the OSBP advocates for small businesses and helps them understand the agency and where their products and services might best fit the MDA mission.

Sullivan has served as deputy director for small business since July 2019. He was acting director from Sept. 1, 2019, to July 7, 2020, and was reappointed acting director Aug. 16. The FY 2020 OSBP team included Laura Anderson, Kelvin Carr, Jessica Floyd, Jayne Gold, Cheryl Michael, Pam Parker and Toni Watkins.

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