We provide continuous assistance to maximize procurement and contracting opportunities for small businesses in general; and small businesses in the socio-economic classification of small disadvantaged, women-owned, and veteran-owned, service disabled veteran owned, small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones (HUBZone) areas, and the Ability One Program. Internally, the OSDBU advocates for small business and provide executive direction and implementation of programs to further the Department of the Interior's use, through contracts and subcontracts, of small businesses.

What's New at OSDBU

CALLING ALL SMALL BUSINESSES:  Upcoming U.S Geological Survey Industry Day

The U.S Geological Survey is conducting an Industry Day for the requirement of Technical Support Services for the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:00am EST through 2:00pm EST at:

United States Geological Survey
National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 20192.

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The Small Business Administration Awards DOI an "A+" in Annual FY 2013 Small Business Scorecard

The Small Business Administration announced that the federal government met its FY 2013 small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years, awarding 23.39 percent in federal contracts to small businesses totaling $83.1 billion of eligible contracting dollars. The Department of the Interior contributed to achieving this goal, and received an A+ overall on the FY 2013 Federal Procurement Scorecard. The Department awarded 59.16 percent of its procurement dollars to small business which equates to approximately $1.4 billion of the $2.4 billion spent on contracts by the Department. Small businesses play a significant role in advancing the Department's goals and support Interior's contributions to the Nation's economy. In Fiscal Year 2013, Interior's programs contributed $371 billion to the U.S economy and supported 2.3 million jobs.

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.”

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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.