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
New Report Finds Minority Contractors Exceed Federal Goals
An article published in Washington Technology magazine on December 12, 2013 focused on trends in federal contracting among minority small businesses.American Express OPEN conducted a survey of small business owners in February and March of 2013 in which they distinguished minority owned small businesses from other small businesses.
- Minority business owners invest more time and money in finding contracts than all active small business government contractors.In 2012 minority business owners invested $143, 356 which is 11 percent higher than the $128,628 that all small firms invested.This figure is 32 percent higher than the investment minority contractors made in 2009.
- Minority contractors are increasing their contract performance activity and reporting a higher level of contract activity as compared to five years ago.39 percent of minority contractors have increased their activity as compared to 29 percent of nom-minority contractors.This is primarily among Asian American and Latino contractors with a 52 percent majority of each reporting that they are busier now than in 2008.Minority contractors are performing on 3.2 contracts at the present, greater than the 2.2 contracts that non-minority contractors are performing on.
- Minority small business contractors, especially African American and Latino contractors are more likely to leverage the designations and certifications available to them with 86 percent having at least one certification, compared to the 68 percent that non-minority contractors have.The top three certifications are the GSA schedule (27 percent), self certifying as a woman owned small business (24 percent) and self certifying as a minority owned small business (21 percent).Minority business owners have also stated that being in a HUBZone, being a veteran owned small business and being a woman owned small business has been useful to them.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
U.S Department of the Interior - 1951 Constitution Ave.,NW, Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 1-877-375-9927 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.