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About the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

What We Do

OSDBU advocates and advances the business, regulatory, and environmental compliance concerns of small and socio-economically disadvantaged businesses. OSDBU manages EPA’s implementation of governing provisions of the Small Business Act to afford small and socioeconomic businesses the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the performance of Agency acquisitions. In carrying out its statutory responsibilities, OSDBU performs a number of functions including:

  • developing policy, training and procedures to expand small and socioeconomic business utilization in EPA acquisitions,
  • monitoring and promoting EPA’s small business prime and subcontracting goal achievements,
  • reviewing proposed acquisitions, unsolicited proposals and large prime subcontracting plans, and
  • providing outreach and technical assistance to small and socioeconomic businesses.

In accordance with Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act, small and socioeconomic businesses seeking technical assistance and information concerning EPA’s unsolicited proposal process or concerning obtaining payments or late payment interest penalties should contact:

Lamont Norwood, Small Business Contracting National Program Manager

The Agency's Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman (ASBO), located in OSDBU, supports the environmental and compliance performance of small businesses while reducing the regulatory burden on small businesses, including the cost of compliance and the adverse impact on business operations. ASBO also:

Under the EPA’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, also located in OSDBU, the DBE National Program Coordinator works to increase and encourage the utilization and participation of DBEs in procurements funded under EPA assistance agreements.

Programs and projects managed by OSDBU

Mail code: 1230A | EPA mailing addresses
Location: EPA Headquarters at Washington, D.C. Federal Triangle campus

OSDBU Organization

Denise Benjamin Sirmons, Director

OSDBU includes:

  • Procurement Opportunities Support
    Lamont Norwood, Direct Procurement National Program Manager
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
    National Program Coordinator  
    Teree Henderson
  • Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman
    Joan B. Rogers, Deputy Director