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Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)

To provide maximum opportunities for small businesses to participate in USDA’s contracting process.

Michelle Warren

Michelle Warren

Acting Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Michelle has been serving in the Acting Director’s capacity since December 2016.

In 2010, Michelle was assigned Program Manager in the OSDBU.  In December 2015, Michelle was appointed Deputy Director in OSDBU and still holds that position.  Michelle coordinates and participates in events all over the country with high level USDA officials and others to promote federal contracting opportunities for small businesses. More...

The OSDBU was created as part of the Small Business Act, as amended by Public Law 95-507 and subsequent supporting legislation. The USDA OSDBU was established on June 26, 1979. OSDBU provides leadership to the Department to attain its federally mandated small business goals for USDA’s contracting portfolio.

OSDBU has specific responsibilities under:

  • The Small Business Act
  • The Veterans Benefits Act
  • The AbilityOne Program
  • Other supporting legislation and Executive Orders
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)

OSDBU has two major areas:

  • Oversight and accountability to the contracting authorities within USDA. This includes Policy Development; Departmental Regulations; and Intervention between Contractors and Contracting Officers; Procurement Forecast; Subcontracting Directory
  •  Outreach and Small Business Assistance. To include Vendor Outreach Sessions; Hosting Rural Small Business Outreach Events; Small Business Connections; Training for agency Contracting Officers and Program Managers; Attend, exhibit and participate by presenting on small business contracting opportunities and provide one-on-one guidance.   

Important Links to Remember:

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
(202) 720-7117