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ORAU’s Timmerman receives DOE Small Business Award for work under ORISE contract

June 17, 2015

Heidi Timmerman receiving Facility Management Contractor Procurement Director of the Year Award

Heidi Timmerman, director of Procurement and Contracts Administration at ORAU (left) receives the Facility Management Contractor Procurement Director of the Year award for fiscal year 2014 from John Hale, III, director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for DOE. Click image for high resolution version.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The U.S. Department of Energy presented ORAU’s Heidi Timmerman with its Facility Management Contractor Procurement Director of the Year award for fiscal year 2014 at the 14th Annual DOE Small Business Forum and Expo in Phoenix today.

Heidi Timmerman

Heidi Timmerman

The award recognizes ORAU’s subcontracting achievements with small business suppliers used to support work performed under the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education contract that ORAU manages for DOE.

In FY14, ORAU committed to awarding 71 percent of its subcontracts in support of ORISE work to small businesses, and it exceeded that goal when more than 78 percent of subcontracts were awarded to small businesses.

According to DOE’s website, the award winner “has displayed leadership and commitment to maximizing small businesses utilization through policies, procedures, outreach, and creating an atmosphere of ‘small business first’ throughout their organization,” and the criteria for the award was “based on a balance of objective results-oriented measures and creating/implemented policies, programs and practices promoting small business.”

Timmerman has served as director of procurement and contracts administration since joining ORAU in 2009. She held other leadership roles in procurement and contracts management in the commercial sector in addition to serving as a U.S. Marine Corps captain and holding several titles while in the military, including company executive officer, department head and civil process supervisor.

“We are honored for Heidi to receive this recognition from DOE on behalf of ORAU for our efforts in providing opportunities for small businesses to work with us on critical DOE projects,” said ORAU President and ORISE Director Andy Page. “We strongly believe that small businesses are crucial to fueling a robust economy and in building this nation’s entrepreneurial spirit.”

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Learn more at

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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