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IMS wins United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Women-Owned Business Contractor of the year Award

IMS named USDA’s FY 2022 Women-Owned Business Contractor of the Year

Alexandria, VA – September 25th, 2023 – IMS, a premiere management and technology consulting firm based out of Alexandria, VA, has been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as the FY 2022 Women-owned small business contractor of the year for providing exceptional program management and technical services on their BioPreferred Program at Rural Development Housing Services. The award ceremony, presented by USDA’s office of small business utilization (OSDBU), was held on Monday, September 25th, 2023.

USDA’s Rural Development (RD), BioPreferred Program office nominated IMS for its outstanding services, performance, and dedication in providing Program Management, Technical Services, Training and Procurement Services to the mission critical BioPreferred Program. Through our partnership and support at the USDA BioPreferred Program to increase the use of biobased products, contractor reporting of biobased product purchases had increased by over 1000% with $97 million dollars in purchasing reported in FY2022. In addition, voluntary labeling has been streamlined and automated through which companies can apply to have their product become a USDA Certified Biobased Product with over 8000 certified products now in the BioPreferred Program catalog.  The team works with ASTM on the standard by which biobased content is measured and on current priorities such as biobased products and climate change and reducing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS).

It is truly an honor to receive this award. We congratulate all the other nominees in our category and in others - it's been a privilege and honor to be part of this select group in serving the USDA mission. IMS started its first engagement at USDA in 2014 and has been serving USDA’s Rural Development program since 2019.  Ambreen Javed, President & CEO of IMS, shared "IMS is privileged to partner with our USDA customer, working towards building successful products and impactful outcomes. I would like to thank our USDA customer for recognizing our team’s achievement and the IMS team at USDA RD for their outstanding contributions and dedication towards our client mission” said Ambreen Javed, President and CEO of IMS. In addition to Program management at USDA RD, IMS also supports USDA’s Office of Chief Financial Office (OCFO) in providing Cyber Security and Quality Management Services.

We are excited about this award and look forward to continuing our support and service at USDA and to the nation.