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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.

Programs and Projects Managed by OSDBU

Procurement Opportunities Support for Small Businesses

EPA has established goals for the award of contracts to small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  The purpose of this goal is to encourage greater economic opportunity for minority entrepreneurs.  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.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

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.  Learn more about the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program.

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

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OSDBU Organization

Denise Benjamin-Sirmons, Director
OSDBU includes:
  • Procurement Opportunities Support
    Lamont Norwood, Small Business Contracting National Program Manager
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program
    National Program Coordinator  
    Teree Henderson
  • Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman
    Joan B. Rogers, Deputy Director

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