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 Small Business Solutions and Opportunities (SBSO) Team is responsible for the implementation of Section 15(k) of the Small Business Act, to ensure that small businesses are afforded the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in EPA’s acquisitions. The SBSO Team 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 SBSO Team provides small and socioeconomic businesses technical assistance and information on EPA acquisitions. This includes, among other things, providing technical assistance concerning;
- Obtaining payments or late payment interest penalties (Section 15(k)(6));
- EPA’s unsolicited proposal process (Section 15(k)(14));
- Solicitation that may unduly restrict small business competition (Section 15(k)(17)); and
- The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs (Section 15(k)(21)).
For assistance with any of these areas, please contact the OSDBU staff at: OSDBU@epa.gov. You may also obtain additional information on the SBIR and STTR programs at: https://www.sbir.gov/about and https://www.epa.gov/sbir.
Consistent with Section 15(k)(19) of the Small Business Act, small business prime contract and subcontract awardees who seek assistance in identifying resources for education and training on compliance with post award contracting regulations, contact the OSDBU staff at OSDBU@epa.gov.
Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman
- responds to citizens' complaints under the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (PDF) (15pp, 195K, about PDF), commonly known as AHERA (Public Law 99-519),
- serves as a liaison between EPA and the small business community,
- advocates for small business during the EPA rulemaking process,
- provides technical assistance to small businesses, and
- supports the national network of Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs.
- Small Business Solutions Team
Arielle Douglas, Deputy Director
- Phone: 202-564-0011
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman
Paula Zampieri Hoag
- Phone: 202-566-2496
- Email: email@example.com