ACOSS / Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Small Business Agency Commitment Statement

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that small businesses, including service disabled veteran-owned, historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone), small disadvantaged, and women-owned, are a vital part of our economy. We embrace a culture of shared responsibility in seeking qualified small businesses to support the mission of the agency. SSA is committed to our country’s small business community providing the maximum number of opportunities in our acquisition program as both prime contractors and subcontractors. We will use policy, programs, and strategies to ensure we achieve our mission including the supplies and services offered by small businesses.
Carolyn W. Colvin

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) was established in October 1979 pursuant to Public Law 95-507, which assigned it the task of fostering the use of small and disadvantaged businesses as Federal contractors. To accomplish this task, the OSDBU develops and implements appropriate outreach programs aimed at heightening the awareness of the small business community to the contracting opportunities available within SSA. Outreach efforts include activities such as sponsoring small business fairs and procurement conferences, as well as participating in trade group seminars, conventions, and other forums which promote the utilization of small and disadvantaged businesses as contractors.

The OSDBU encourages buyers and program officials to consider small businesses, and to support all the socio-economic contracting programs in place under the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

If you have any questions concerning SSA's contracting opportunities under the socio-economic programs, please contact Wayne McDonald.


If your firm is a small business or minority business enterprise, we encourage you to register in the System for Award Management (SAM), formally the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Database. SSA uses SAM as the primary database to identify small and disadvantaged businesses to fulfill our requirements.

Small Business Goals

Fiscal Year 2015 Small Business Prime and Subcontract Goals for the Social Security Administration

Categories Prime Goal Sub Goal
Small Business 33.50%50.00%
Small Disadvantaged Business5.00%5.00%
Women Owned Small Business5.00%5.00%
HUBZone Small Business3.00%3.00%
Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business3.00%3.00%