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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 is also responsible for the implementation of procedures and oversight of small business programs mandated and described under several statutory authorities and Executive Orders.

Programs and Projects Managed by OSDBU

Procurement Opportunities Support for Small Businesses

OSDBU’s Procurement Opportunities Support Team (POST) implements section 15(k) of the Small Business Act to ensure that small businesses are afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in EPA’s procurement opportunities listed on our Acquisition Forecast. POST also monitors and evaluates Agency performance in achieving EPA’s small business goals.

In accordance with Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act, the POST provides small and socioeconomic businesses with guidance in seeking technical assistance and information concerning EPA’s unsolicited proposal process 15(k)(14), obtaining payments or late payment interest penalties 15(k)(19), and guidance for any solicitation that unduly restricts small business competition 15(k)(17). For assistance with any of these three areas of section 15(k) of the Small Business Act, please contact Denise Sirmons, OSDBU Director at 202-566-2075.

To assist small business vendors with navigating EPA’s contracting process, in accordance with section 15(k)(19) of the Small Business Act, POST provides the following resources link to assist in educating and training small business concerns that have been awarded both contracts and subcontracts with EPA: Federal Contracting Resources for Small Business Vendors.

Learn more about EPA's advocacy for small businesses in EPA procurement.

Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman

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:

Learn more about the Small Business Ombudsman.

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OSDBU Organization

Denise Sirmons, Director

Phone: 202-566-2075
Email: benjamin

OSDBU includes:
  • Small Business Solutions Team
    Vacant, Acting Deputy Director
  • Acting Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman
    Paula Zampieri Hoag

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