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The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) advocates for small business and focuses on providing valuable and current information to small businesses. This section highlights the latest updates to policies and regulations, provides a link to the OSDBU Council, and gives answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ). 

Policies and Regulations

OSDBU works with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to share proposed and final regulatory changes and rules with the small business community and actively solicits inputs and provides recommendations for changes during the rule comment period as required by Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review,  and Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, always advocating for small businesses. 

  • The Small Business Act established the Small Business Administration and the Federal OSDBU offices, identifying their roles in advocating for small businesses.
  • The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) governs the usage of appropriated funds to acquire goods and services.  The Department of Energy Acquisition Guide provides procurement direction specific to the Department of Energy (DOE), as a supplement to the FAR
  • The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA) requires federal agencies to provide information concerning rules and regulations. It is a great resource for small businesses seeking information concerning the rules and regulations regarding all federal agencies and their relationships with the small business community.
  • DOE OSDBU’s Undue Restriction Portal provides small businesses the ability to report perceived contracting barriers.
  • In most cases when an agency pays a vendor late, it must pay interest. Prompt Payment determines those interest penalties and provides a variety of related resources for agency use.
  • Executive Order 13360 recognizes the sacrifices made by service-disabled veterans and directs federal agencies to provide contracting opportunities to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

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OSDBU Council

The OSDBU Council is an informal organization of the Federal Agency OSDBU Directors that comes together monthly to exchange and discuss information on acquisition methods, issues and strategies; small business program initiatives and processes; and small business related outreach events that permit their respective agencies to increase their utilization of small businesses as prime and subcontractors to meet their annual requirements for services and goods. 

The OSDBU Council works closely with the Office of Federal Procurement PolicyU.S. Small Business Administration, and Heads of Contracting for each agency along with stakeholders in the implementation and execution of the federal small business contracting programs. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

OSDBU’s goal is to provide useful information to small businesses. If you are unable to find the answer to your question on our FAQ Page or on our website, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.