The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Coordinators counsel businesses under the Procurement Preference Program with respect to business opportunities for the purpose of enhancing their potential participation in REE procurements. Participates and consults with procuring activities of REE, other USDA agencies, and other Federal agencies to ensure maximum practicable participation of small, small disadvantaged, women-owned businesses, and 8(a) firms.
• System for Award Management (SAM)
A search engine for contracting officers, a marketing tool for small firms and a "link" to procurement opportunities and important information. It is designed to be a "virtual" one-stop-procurement-shop. Register your company on SAM.
• REE FOIA Requests
Outlines specific procedures for making a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) agencies. This guide also includes how to access certain documents without making a FOIA request.
• REE Sole Source Justifications
Please visit the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) web site to view the REE sole source justifications. Sole source justifications will be posted on FedBizOpps in accordance with FAR 6.303-1.
• USDA Vendor Outreach Program
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Acquisition Programs and Oversight Branch (APOB) participates in the monthly USDA Vendor Outreach Program, held at the USDA South Building located at 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. Representatives from APOB conduct sessions with the small business community providing the opportunity to discuss their capabilities and potential procurement opportunities with the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) agencies.
Registration and additional information can be located at the USDA Vendor Outreach Program Web site.