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Welcome to the US Department of Education OSDBU! Where we provide education and access to all Small Businesses procurement opportunities!


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Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) reports to the Deputy Secretary on all policy matters. The OSDBU is responsible for all ED activities on behalf of small businesses, minority businesses, and other businesses owned and controlled by disadvantaged persons and all other duties, responsibilities, and functions required by and stemming from, Pub. L. 95-507.

The Director of OSDBU also serves as the Departmental Advocate for Competition as mandated by Pub. L. 98-269. In performing its responsibilities, the Office:

  • Plans, directs, and administers the ED Small, Disadvantaged, and Women-Owned Business Program.
  • Initiates, develops, and defines policies, procedures, goals, regulations, and other guidance for administering and implementing Department-wide socioeconomic business programs in coordination with, and with review by, the Director, Contracts and Purchasing Operations, who is the Departmental procurement authority.
  • Establishes and maintains ties with the business community, other Federal agencies including the General Services Administration and Small Business Administration, and educational institutions that will aid in the achievement of Departmental goals.
  • Consults regularly with contract officers on the subject of Pub. L. 95-507 compliance and ED procurement activities, and works with the Grants and Contracts Service on a regular basis to achieve Departmental goals.

In addition, the OSDBU monitors all Departmental contracting authority for OSDBU concerns and the OSDBU Director is responsible for keeping the Secretary and Congress informed of findings and activities of the OSDBU. In-house reporting systems may be required by OSDBU, as needed, to accomplish the above.

OSDBU is a resource for small businesses seeking information on the Department; Information for building relationship with the small business community. Businesses may also receive information about the Department’s rules and regulations that apply to small businesses.


About The U.S. Department of Education

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The Department’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

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US Department of Education Small Business Achievements and Goals, (PDF, 83KB )


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Office Staff

Title Name Phone
Acting Director, OSDBU Phillip Juengst 202-245-8030
Small Business Specialist Marcella Coverson 202-245-6302
Small Business Specialist Melanie Carter 202-245-6004
Small Business Specialist Javette Johnson 202-245-6303

Mailing Address

Office for Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Office of the Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Education
Potomac Center Plaza, Room 10115
550 12th St. SW Washington, DC 20202
(202) 245-6300

Last Modified: 05/13/2019