Who We Are

The U.S Department of the Interior (DOI) protects and manages the Nation's natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other information about those resources; and honors the Nation's trust responsibilities or special commitments to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and affiliated island communities. Within DOI, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is an advocate for small business dedicated to maximizing contracting opportunities for small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, HUB-Zone and service disabled veteran owned small businesses. Small businesses play a significant role in advancing the Department's goals and support Interior's contributions to the Nation's economy. In 2015, Interior's programs contributed $371 billion to the U.S. economy and supported 2.3 million jobs.

Small Businesses contribute innovation, job growth, increased competition, and quality production of goods and services to our National economy. This expansive capability demands including small business to the greatest extent practicable when making Federal contract award decisions. For the Department, the capabilities available through small business provide more flexible and affordable solutions for our program offices.

Leadership: The OSDBU Director leads a team of small business advocates that provide executive direction and implementation of programs to further the Department of the Interior's use, through contracts and subcontracts, of small businesses. As specified in the Small Business Act the OSDBU Director reports to the Deputy Secretary and receives administrative support from the Office of Policy, Management and Budget. 

Vision: To fully capitalize on the Nation's small business entrepreneurial spirit to support our efforts in protecting America's Great Outdoors and powering our future.

Mission: The mission of the Office is to provide continuous assistance to maximize procurement and contracting opportunities for small and disadvantaged business communities, including Indian economic enterprises, small disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, small businesses located in historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) areas, and the Ability One Program

Communicating with the Small Business Staff

If you are seeking general information about doing business with DOI or if you wish to share a capability statement, it is most helpful for you to send us an email. This allows us to quickly determine how best to respond to you. Inquiries that are sent to the wrong staff person or to multiple members of our staff, only delay our response process in getting you the information that you need. 

DOI Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
1849 C Street, N.W.
Room 4214 
Washington, DC 20240
Telephone Number: 202-208-3493

Meet the OSDBU Headquarters Staff (Washington, DC)

Ms. Megan Olsen
Acting Director, OSDBU
Mr. Christopher Bell
Procurement Analyst
Phone: 202-208-3493
Mrs. Chanelle Williams 
Small Business Specialist
Phone: 202-208-3493
Mr. Laroy Williams
Small Business Specialist
Phone: 202-208-3493