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OSDBU DIRECTORY

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Many federal agencies maintain an Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). This is the first point of contact for minority entrepreneurs seeking to sell their products or services to the federal government.

After meeting with the OSDBU, would-be suppliers need to become familiar with the small-business specialists or program managers inside the agency, says T.J. Garcia, director of the OSDBU at the Commerce Department. Managers are the people who request the purchase of a product or service, so they know all the details. Large contracts usually are administered by formal contracting officers, but many small-business contracts don’t require that. In fact, the program managers have authorization to make purchases of $2,500 or less without the need for competitive bids.

Mr. Garcia recommends that suppliers first get on the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule, a popular program in which companies register and state their prices for specific products or services. Managers then buy those products or services without negotiating prices. “The OSDBU can guide and direct them to get on the schedule,” says Mr. Garcia. “Of course, they still have to solicit business and conduct their own marketing. It’s important to get to know an organization before soliciting. They should do a little homework – visit the Web site, review [the agency’s] strategic plan, and see where their products or services fit into the purpose of the agency.”

The following directory of OSDBUs provides contact information for various federal offices. All OSDBUs on the directory were contacted by HISPANIC BUSINESS to confirm their status and contact information.

AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
www.usaid.gov

OSDBU
LaVerne Drummond, Deputy Director
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #7.8 RRB
Washington, DC 20523
(202) 712-1500
Fax: (202) 216-3056
www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/osdbu

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
www.usda.gov

OSDBU
Mike Green, Acting Director
1400 Independence Ave. SW
AG STOP 9501
South Building, #1566
Washington, DC 20250
(202) 720-7117
Fax: (202)- 720-3001
www.usda.gov/osdbu

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
www.doc.gov

OSDBU
Tlaloc J. Garcia, Director
14th & Constitution Ave. NW, Rm. H6411
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-1472
Fax: (202) 482-0501
www.doc.gov/osdbu

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
www.acq.osd.mil

Defense Logistics Agency
Thomas D. Ray
Director, OSDBU
8725 John J. Kingman Rd.
DB, #1127
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6221
(703) 767-1661
Fax: (703) 767-1670
www.dla.mil

Department of the Air Force
Joseph Diamond
Director, OSDBU
1060 Air Force Pentagon, #5E271
Washington, DC 20330-1000
(703) 697-1950
Fax: (703) 614-9266
www.selltoairforce.org

Department of the Army
Tracy L. Pinson
Director, OSDBU
106 Army Pentagon, #2A712
Washington, DC 20310-0106
(703) 697-2868
Fax: (703) 693-3898
www.selltoarmy.org

Department of Navy
Nancy Tarrant
Director, OSDBU
720 Kennon St. SE, #207
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5015
(202) 685-6485
Fax: (202) 685-6965
www.hq.navy.mil/sadbu

Col. Curtis Wright
Acting Director, OSDBU
1777 N. Kent St., #9100
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 588-8620
Fax: (703) 588-7561
www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
www.ed.gov

OSDBU
Viola Jaramillo, Director
600 Independence Ave. SW, #3120
FOB 3
Washington, DC 20202-0521
(202) 708-9820
Fax: (202) 401-6477

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
www.energy.gov

OSDBU
Steve Mournighan, Acting Director
1000 Independence Ave. SW, #5B-148
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-7377
Fax: (202) 586-5488

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
www.hhs.gov

OSDBU
Debbie Ridgely, Director
200 Independence Ave. SW, #517D
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 690-6670
Fax: (202) 260-4872
www.hhs.gov/osdbu

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & URBAN DEVELOPMENT
www.hud.gov

OSDBU
Casimir Bonkowski, Director
451 Seventh St. SW, #3130
Washington, DC 20410
(202) 708-1428
Fax: (202) 708-7642
www.hud.gov/offices/osdbu

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
www.doi.gov

OSDBU
Robert Faithful, Director
1849 C St. NW, #5070
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 208-3493
Fax: (202) 219-2131
www.doi.gov/osdbu

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
www.doj.gov

OSDBU
Joseph K. Bryan, Director
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #1010
Washington, DC 20530
(202) 616-0521
Fax: (202) 616-1717
www.usdoj.gov/jmd/osdbu

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
www.dol.gov

OSDBU
June M. Robinson, Director
200 Constitution Ave. NW, Rm. C 2318
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 693-6460
Fax: (202) 693-6485
www.dol.gov/dol/osbp

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
www.state.gov

OSDBU
Durie White, Director
SA-6, #633
Washington, DC 20522
(703) 875-6822
Fax: (703) 875-6825
www.statebuy.gov/osdbu1.htm

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
www.dot.gov

OSDBU
Joseph A. Capuano Jr., Acting Director
400 Seventh St. SW, #9414
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-1930
Fax: (202) 366-7538
www.dot.gov/business.html

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
www.treas.gov

OSDBU
Kevin Boshears, Director
1310 G St., #400 W
Washington, DC 20220
(202) 622-0530
Fax: (202) 622-4963
www.treas.gov.sba

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
www.va.gov

OSDBU
Scott Denniston, Director
810 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 565-8124
Fax: (202) 565-8156
www.va.gov/osdbu

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
www.epa.gov

OSDBU
Jeannette L. Brown, Director
401 M St. SW, Code A-1230C
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-4100
Fax: (202) 401-1080
www.epa.gov/osdbu

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

OSDBU
Joyce Larkins, Director
725 Seventeenth St. NW, #5013
Washington, DC 20503
(202) 395-7669
Fax: (202) 395-1155

Thelma Toller, Small Business Specialist
725 Seventeenth St. NW, #5013
Washington, DC 20503
(202) 395-7669
Fax: (202) 395-1155

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK
www.exim.gov

OSDBU
Mark Pitra, Manager
Contracts & Acquisitions
811 Vermont Ave. NW, #1023
Washington, DC 20571
(202) 565-3338
Fax: (202) 565-3528

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION
www.ftc.gov
Jean Sefchick
Chief of Procurement
600 & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #701
Washington, DC 20850
(202) 326-2258
Fax: (202) 326-3529

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
www.gsa.gov

Office of Enterprise Development
E. Tracy Lewis
Deputy Associate Administrator
1800 F St. NW, #6029
Washington, DC 20405
(202) 501-1021
Fax: (202) 501-2590

MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY
www.mbda.gov

OSDBU
Ronald N. Langston, Director
14th & Constitution Ave. NW, Rm. H5055
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-5061
Fax: (202) 501-4698

OSDBU
Raul Quiros, Liaison
14th & Constitution Ave. NW, Rm. H5055
Washington, DC 20230
(202) 482-5061
Fax: (202) 501-4698

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE ADMINISTRATION
www.nasa.gov

OSDBU
Ralph C. Thomas III, Associate Administrator
Headquarters Code K, #9K70
300 E St. SW
Washington, DC 20546
(202) 358-2088
Fax: (202) 358-3261

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
www.nih.gov

Office of Contract Management
Diana Mukitarian
Chief, Small Business Office
6100 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda, MD 20892-7540
(301) 496-9639
Fax: (301) 480-2506
sbmail@od.nih.gov
www.sbo.od.nih.gov

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
www.nsf.gov

OSDBU
Donald Senich, Director
4201 Wilson Blvd., #527
Arlington, VA 22230
(703) 292-7082
Fax: (703) 292-9055

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
www.nrc.gov

Office of Small Business & Civil Rights
Irene Little, Director
11545 Rockerville Pike
Mailstop T-2 F18
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 415-7160
Fax: (301) 415-5953

Office of Small Business & Civil Rights
Mauricio P. Vera, Manager
Small Business Program
11545 Rockerville Pike
Mailstop T-2 F18
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 415-7160
Fax: (301) 415-5953
mxv@nrc.gov

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
www.sba.gov

Office of Government Contracting
Luz A. Hopewell
Associate Administrator
409 Third St. SW
Washington, DC 20416
(202) 205-6460
Luz.Hopewell@sba.gov

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
www.si.edu

OSDBU
Era Marshall, Director
750 Ninth St. NW, #8100
Washington, DC 20560-0921
(202) 275-0146
Fax: (202) 275-0160

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
www.usps.gov

Corporate Supplier & Diversity
Dorothy Campbell, Manager
475 L’Enfant Plaza West SW, #3821
Washington, DC 20260-5616
(202) 268-2019
Fax: (202) 268-6573

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