DoD Workforce Development
Small business professionals (SBPs) are responsible for leading the acquisition workforce to maximize small business opportunities and achieving success in the Department’s Small Business Programs.
To ensure that the Department of Defense (DoD) can attract, recruit, and retain SBPs of the highest caliber, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) established the Small Business Career Field (SBCF) effective October 1, 2014. The SBCF allows for the development of acquisition-certified SBPs and provides the opportunity for individuals to rotate from other career fields to specialize as necessary.
The DoD Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) Director is designated as the Small Business Functional Lead (FL). The role of the Small Business FL is to serve as the senior DoD subject-matter expert for small business matters relating to the oversight and management of the SBCF. The Small Business FL has a responsibility to establish, oversee and maintain SBCF qualifications, certification and training platforms to meet present and future needs of DoD.
Small Business Workforce Policy
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013
Section 1612 – Role of the Directors of Small Business Programs in Acquisition Processes of the DoD (Page 291)
Section 1622 – Small Business Act Contracting Requirements Training (Page 292)
Section 1633 – Senior Executives (Page 294)
Section 1691 – Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (Page 297)
House Report 112-479 – Small Business Specialists in the Acquisition Workforce (Page 288)
Assignment of the FL for DoD Small Business Professionals Memorandum
Establishment of the SBCF Memorandum
SBCF Information Guide Memorandum
Implementation Directive for Better Buying Power (BBP) 2.0 – Achieving Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending Memorandum (Page 18)
Implementation Directive for BBP 3.0 – Achieving Dominant Capabilities through Technical Excellence and Innovation (Page 15)
Report to Congress
DoD Small Business Professionals in the Acquisition Workforce, pursuant of House Report 112-479
Small Business Workforce Initiatives Timeline