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Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization



Mission, Functions, and Activities

The VA OSDBU mission is to enable Veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses.

This mission will be achieved by changing how Veteran-owned and other small business concerns, that are procurement-ready, gain access to economic opportunities. Current transformation efforts will increase awareness, reduce risk, enhance access, improve procurement mechanisms, and promote better performance in meeting small business goals by 2019.


Within the next five years, OSDBU will transform how small businesses achieve economic success by leveraging improved technology and business processes to enable procurement-ready small businesses to address relevant procurement requirements in both the federal and commercial markets.

Program Areas

Obtaining verification through the Vets First Verification Program, managed by Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), extends eligibility for set-asides and sole source contracts to SDVOSBs and VOSBs. Learn more about the VA verification process and how Public Law 109-461 relates to the Veterans First Contracting Program.

Acquisition Support
VA OSDBU gathers market research, oversees VA subcontracting, provides overall direction on small business program policies and procedures, and works with contracting staff to help small businesses maximize VA procurement opportunities.

Direct Access Program
The Direct Access Program (DAP) offers SDVOSBs, VOSBs, and other small businesses unique opportunities to develop partnerships, maximize networking, and secure connections at nationwide procurement events. Gain direct access to valuable resources to help build and grow a small business.

Strategic Outreach and Communications
Strategic Outreach and Communications (SOC) offers awareness, education, training to small businesses interested in doing business with VA. Through its two-way communication and outreach efforts, SOC connects with the small and Veteran business communities to assess and meet needs.

Leadership Biographies

Thomas J. Leney
Executive Director for Small and Veteran Business Programs
Chanel Bankston-Carter
Director for Strategic Outreach and Communications for Small Business Utilization
Jules Tchoujan
Director for Acquisition Support
  Thomas J. McGrath
Director of Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE)

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