News: the FY 2020 Procurement Forecast Is Here!

What We Do:

As the lead U.S. Foreign Affairs agency, the Department of State helps to shape a freer, more secure, and more prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing the President’s foreign policy. The Department of State uses diplomacy to promote and protect American interests. We:

  • Manage diplomatic relations with other countries and international institutions.
  • Promote peace and stability in regions of vital interests.
  • Bring nations together to address global challenges.
  • Create jobs at home by opening markets abroad.
  • Help developing nations establish economic environments that provide investment and export opportunities

Support for U.S. businesses is a core function of the State Department at home and abroad. We provide assistance and support to businesses seeking to tap into the worldwide resources of the Department.

Who We Are:

U.S. Department of State (DoS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) ensures our prime contracts and subcontracts are including small business to the maximum extent possible.  OSDBU conducts several annual outreach activities, including a subcontracting workshop/networking session; we also participate in in small business procurement fairs, conferences, workshops, and seminars. Additionally, OSDBU conducts internal training with the DoS contracting workforce to ensure awareness of, and compliance with, small business requirements.

Read the August 2019 State Department Magazine article to read more about our work within the Department and the U.S. small business community.

See Small Business Goals by the Numbers for details on our Small Business Goal performance, annual Order of Preference for Small Business Set-Asides.

OSDBU staff:

George Price, Director
Rich Vinnacombe, Deputy Director
Anthony Josey, Procurement Analyst, Small Disadvantaged Business / 8(a) Program
Thelma Edmunds, Procurement Analyst, Women-Owned Business Program
Patricia Foster, Executive Assistant (Contractor)
Anna Urman, Procurement Analyst (Contractor)

OSDBU staff (from left) George Price; Thelma Edmunds; Shahrokh “Peter” Zahirieh; Patricia Foster; Rich Vinnacombe; Anna Urman; Renee M. Hill; and Dr. J. Anthony Josey
Not Pictured: Judith Thomas
Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.


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