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Direct Procurement

Description
The Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) develops, in collaboration with the Director of the Office of Acquisition Management Division (OAM), the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM), and EPA senior-level officials, programs to stimulate and improve the involvement of small business, minority business, labor surplus areas and women-owned business enterprises in the overall EPA procurement process. OSBP monitors and evaluates Agency performance in achieving EPA goals and objectives in the above areas, and recommends the assignment of EPA Small Business Representatives of the Small Business Administration to carry out their duties pursuant to applicable socioeconomic laws and mandates.

Activities

Indirect Procurement

Description
The OSBP is also responsible for establishing policy and providing procedural guidance for the utilization of small, minority and women-owned businesses under the Agency's financial assistance programs.

It is EPA's policy (40 CFR Sec. 31.36(e)) that recipients of EPA financial assistance through grants and cooperative agreements award a "fair share" of subagreements to small, minority and women-owned businesses. Since each is a separate entity, the objective is to assure that each of three business entities is given the opportunity to participate in subagreements awards under EPA financial assistance agreements. This policy applies to all subagreements for supplies, construction and services under any EPA grant or cooperative agreement. Additionally, OSBP is responsible for the collection of data, monitoring the effectiveness of the program and serves as the principal focal point between EPA and the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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