Welcome to the Small Business Procurement Power Page. This page is designed to assist small businesses interested in procurement opportunities with the Department of Labor.
This page is a service of the Department of Labor's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). OSDBU is responsible for promoting the use of small, small socially and economically disadvantaged, and women-owned small businesses in compliance with federal laws, regulations, and policies. OSDBU also assists such firms seeking procurement opportunities with the Department.
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
OSDBU Fax: (202) 693-7297
- Department of Labor Small Business Vendor Outreach Program
- OSDBU Key Personnel and Phone Numbers
- Department of Labor credit card officials, phone numbers, and related information
- Department of Labor Annual Acquisition Plan and Procurement Forecast — a listing of current contracts and planned procurement activity.
- Listing of U.S. Department of Labor Small Business Specialists (for Procurement Assistance) — names, addresses, and phone numbers of agency small business specialists.
- Listing of U.S. Department of Labor Agency Information Technology Contacts — names, addresses, and phone numbers of agency Information Technology contacts/managers.
- Listing of U.S. Department of Labor Agency Training Officers — names, addresses, and phone numbers of agency training officers.
- Most of the Department's procurement opportunities are supportive of Job Corps. The Job Corps Home Page provides information on Job Corps and its procurements.
- Although the Department does not provide grants specifically to start or run businesses, the Department periodically has grant opportunities related to job training and employment issues. Information on Department grants and various Department contracting information. The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides financial and other assistance for small businesses.
- Any contractor who receives a contract from the federal government in the amount of $25,000 or more, or any subcontractor who receives a contract from such a covered contractor in the amount of $25,000 or more, must file a VETS-100 Report on an annual basis. Fact Sheet No. OASVET 97-5 provides general federal contractor programs information. Frequently Asked Questions addresses the 23 most common questions about contractors' and subcontractors' VETS-100 reporting requirement. This program is administered by the Veterans' Employment and Training Services (VETS).
- Federal contractors must use equal opportunity and affirmative action methods in hiring and promoting workers who traditionally have been discriminated against in the job market. The Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces Executive Order 11246, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.
- The Department's Wage and Hour Division enforces several laws applicable to federal contractors including: the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act; the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act; the Davis-Bacon Act; and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act.
- The Department of Labor has created the Wage Determination On-Line Web site (http://www.wdol.gov) which provides a single location for obtaining appropriate Service Contract Act (SCA) and Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) wage determinations for each official contract action.
- The Small Business Regulatory Compliance Assistance page — designed to assist small businesses in complying with rules, regulations, and laws enforced by the Department.
Related government procurement oriented Web sites:
- FedBizOpps lists federal business opportunities, contract solicitations and amendments, subcontracting leads, contract awards, and other business opportunities.
- The Office of Federal Procurement Policy's Acquisition Reform Network (ARNet) includes the federal acquisition regulation and other federal procurement information.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. Information on federal socioeconomic procurement programs, such as HUBZones and the Small Disadvantaged Business program, is also available at SBA's Web site.
- SBA also offers an online self-paced training program "Building Opportunities: A Guide to Winning Federal Contracts" to help all small businesses understand and participate in federal contract markets.
- The Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS) is the official Web site that all large prime contractors and large subcontractors should use for submitting both the Individual Subcontracting Report (formerly SF 294) and the Summary Subcontract Report (formerly SF 295).
- The Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is a single point of entry for vendors that want to do business with the federal government. CCR was created to be the single repository of vendor data to avoid administrative duplication and allow contractors to take responsibility for the accuracy of their own business information by supplying it directly to the government. CCR's Dynamic Small Business Search function may be used to identify small, disadvantaged, 8(a), veteran and women-owned businesses to fulfill needs.
- The SUB-Net is SBA's Internet-based database of subcontracting opportunities. Prime contractors use SUB-Net to post subcontracting/teaming opportunities. Small businesses can use this Web site to identify opportunities in their areas of expertise.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a list of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) and Procurement Center Representatives (PCR) which can assist small businesses in obtaining federal contracts and subcontracts. The SBA also has Commercial Market Representatives (CMR), located in area offices, which offer counsel to small businesses on how to obtain subcontracts, conduct matchmaking activities to facilitate subcontracting to small businesses, and provide orientation and training to the Subcontracting Assistance program. https://eweb1.sba.gov/hubzone/internet/general/contracting_assistance.cfm
- SBA's Online Women's Business Center helps women start or expand their businesses.
- Each federal agency with contracting authority is required by the Small Business Act to establish an Office of Small and Disadvantages Business Utilization (OSDBU) to advocate, assist, and facilitate small business participation in agency prime and subcontracting opportunities. The Federal OSDBU Directors Interagency Council Web site provides procurement information on a number of agencies and on key small business issues and topics.
- The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans. The Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) encourages the creation, growth, and expansion of minority-owned businesses in the U.S.
- The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 provides assistance and opportunities for veteran-owned and service connected disabled veteran-owned small businesses. The Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Veterans Enterprise provides related information at vetbiz.gov.
- Federal agencies often purchase goods and services from businesses via their contracts on the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule. Businesses may find out about getting GSA Schedule contracts by calling GSA at (703) 305-5600.
- The federal government often uses credit cards to make purchases. It is to businesses' advantage to accept government credit cards under the "GSA SmartPay" program.
- The U.S. Business Advisor provides businesses with access to federal government information, services, and transactions.
- The Small Business Administration's E-Business Institute is a virtual campus with free business counseling, training courses, workshops, and management resources, to help small businesses compete in a changing, global environment.
Other Areas of Interest for the Small Businesses
- www.choosingaretirementsolution.org is a partnered site with the AICPA to assist small businesses in determining which retirement savings option(s) would be appropriate for the business.