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DOE OSDBU maximizes contract opportunities for small businesses while advancing the Agency's mission.

Sections 8 and 15 of the Small Business Act (SBAct)

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) implements and executes Sections 8 and 15 of the Small Business Act (SBAct).  Per Section 15, small businesses must receive a fair proportion of the total purchases and contracts for property and services for the federal government. 

Success in this objective is measured by the Department’s demonstrated efforts to: 

  • exceed statutory prime, sub and socio-economic small business goals;
  • provide education on the management and operations business model; 
  • improve best practices such as the Mentor-Protégé Program;
  • furnish information on financial assistance opportunities;
  • train small businesses through outreach events and training opportunities;
  • ensure compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and other applicable small business laws and regulations;
  • issue new small business policies;
  • and update existing small business policies at the Department.

See also DOE's Small Business First Policy.


The OSDBU goal is to provide maximum practicable opportunities in the Departments’ acquisitions to all small business concerns. In doing so, the Department will meet/exceed statutory prime small and subcontracting goals.  Our small business utilization is tracked and monitored via an official web site of the federal government.    

The OSDBU is committed to:

O: Opening the lines of communication through outreach and training,
S: Serving as small business advocates,
D: Delivering useful information,
B: Building public and private industry relationships,
U: Utilizing DOE Programs and best practices.