We provide outreach and assistance for procurement and contracting opportunities that supports small businesses. Internally, the OSDBU provides small business guidance to contracting and management officials and supports Interior’s minority colleges and universities program.
What's New at OSDBU
Open Dialogue on Improving How to Do Business with the Federal Government
The Chief Acquisition Officers Council (CAOC), in coordination with the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council), the Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC), the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), is conducting an open dialogue to discuss improvements to the federal acquisition process.
To facilitate feedback, an online platform is being launched so that small business vendors, those seeking to do business with the Federal government, and entrepreneurs or other businesses may submit ideas, respond to questions posed by moderators, and comment on other ideas-including those that they think are most promising and impactful.
This dialogue is part of an ongoing effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal acquisition system by identifying impactful steps that can be taken by agencies to improve the way they do business with the best companies and enter into contracts that allow these companies to provide their best solutions for the taxpayer.
House Small Business Committee Approves Bill to Increase Federal Agencies Small Business Contracting Goals
The House Small Business Committee has marked up and approved a six-pack of contracting reform bills, including legislation that would raise the current agency goals for steering work to small businesses.
The package approved Wednesday would particularly affect the construction industry, women, and disabled veterans. It includes a plan to raise agencies’ small-business prime contracting goal from 23 percent to 25 percent and establish a 40 percent goal for small-business subcontractors.
“Greater small business involvement in federal contracting benefits companies and taxpayers alike,” said panel Chairman Sam Graves, R-Mo., who sponsored the bill outlining the new contracting goals. “Small firms are innovative, and increased competition often leads to savings for the taxpayers.”
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S Department of the Interior - Main Interior Bldg/Rm.2721
1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202-208-3493 toll free FAX: 202-208-7444
Non Discrimination Notice to U.S. Department of the Interior Contractor, Subcontractors, and Lessors
Based upon law, Executive Order, or internal policy, the Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment, based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. The Department urges its contractors, subcontractors, and lessors to develop and enforce comprehensive anti-discrimination policies for their places of work. (December 1999)
For further assistance, please visit the National Small Business Administration National Ombudsman. The National Ombudsman's mission is to assist small businesses when they experience excessive or unfair federal regulatory enforcement actions, such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, penalties, threats, retaliation or other unfair enforcement action by a federal agency. For more information, please visit SBA's Office of the National Ombudsman.