OSDBU internal issues and meddling
Posted 19 April 2011 - 06:05 PM
I don't mean to sound whiny but this office seems to hinder rather than help at times. I mean, they are great folks but it seems they would rather meet their SB goals at all costs.
Has anyone had similar experiences with their Small Biz office?
Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:20 AM
Posted 20 April 2011 - 10:53 AM
But look what likely happens with OSBDU - they are expected to review new acquisitions for possible set-aside with little or no lead time or advance notice, and with little of no information about the technical nature of the requirement. They must educate themselves, research and verify informtion you provide, and match that up with capaibilites of various small sources. One one hand, you are pressuring them for quick action and on the other side, they are listening to numerous small businesses saying they can do anything and everything if given the chance. Plus OSBDU is responsible for ensuring your agency meets their annual goals.
My advice is improve your working realtionship with OSBDU. Start by providing them as much adavnce information about new rquirments as you can. Invite them to participate in your market research. If you see it as an opportunity for small business, initiate it as a set-aside yourself. You'll build credibility with OSDBU. Work with them to collaborately meet your agency goals. Then when you have something that's not suitable, they will be supportive of your decision.
Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:49 AM
Posted 20 April 2011 - 12:44 PM
That's easy to say, but not always realistic. A SADBU can go over a CO's head to the Chief of the Contracting Office and put plenty of pressure on a CO to set something aside. I know, because I've had it done to me. While they have no formal authority over a CO, some of them wield a lot of influence. That SADBU a CO is trying to put in his place might have spent Saturday on the links with a three-star. In my experience, they can escalate up the chain of command a lot faster than a CO. A CO who tries to put a SADBU in his or her place can find himself overruled and put down.
No, I haven't. But keep in mind that a small business specialist is an advisor to the CO--they can't make the CO do anything. The most they can do is refer your decision to the SBA, who can appeal a CO's decision. You should recognize that they do have a job to do and can add value, but don't hesitate to put them in their place if they are being unreasonable. If your relationship with your SADBU is not good, it may be time to renegotiate expectations. Divorce is not an option.
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