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2020 George A. Uriano Award

AWARD CITATION

The group is recognized for response to the CARES Act emergency need to waive contractual requirements to equally cost share Federal and non-Federal funds for all 51 MEP Centers, alleviating extreme financial pressure on those centers during the pandemic.  The 51 MEP Centers provide services to small and medium manufacturers, who provide much of the cost share.  The pandemic and economic response severely curtailed services, and the group drove an extremely rapid (10 business days) development and implementation of a workable legal basis to effect the waiver immediately.  This unprecedented speed enabled all Centers to avoid staffing reductions and to continue crucial services to manufacturers for pandemic-driven needs. 

GROUP AWARD

Mary Ann Pacelli

Supervisory Industrial Specialist
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program

Nadine DeJesus

Supervisory Industrial Specialist
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program

Kevin McIntyre

Supervisory Financial Analyst
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program

Mark Schmit

Chief, Regional and State Partnerships
Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program

Jannet Cancino

Chief, Grants Management Division
Office of Acquisition and Agreements Management

Gilberto Castillo

Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
Office of Acquisition and Agreements Management