The Interior Business Center is committed to the small business community. Beginning with the Department of the Interior's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), there has been continuous executive leadership for the small business program. Our belief in small business carries over into our culture - to embrace the small business environment wholeheartedly.
We have shown through our outreach and analysis, an overall foundation that supports, educates, and rewards small business contractors. We believe there is direct correlation between our small business focus and the results of small business contract awards in our organization in excess of 50 percent.
You may have heard of the Small Business Administration's goals for all federal agencies. The Business and Economic Development Plan (BEDP) goals are closely tracked and monitored at the Interior Business Center through the Federal Procurement Data System - Next Generation (FPDS-NG). You can study, monitor, and get reports as well.
It is important to note that all award credits are returned to the funding agency through FPDS-NG. For example, if a $1 million award is made to a small, woman-owned business through a competition posted on FedBizOpps and the Department of Agriculture is the client, the Department of Agriculture would receive the award credits via FPDS-NG.