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LEADERSHIP

 



MR. DENNIS BARTOW
Director 

Dennis W. Bartow was appointed as the Director for the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) in June 2019. He is the first appointed Director since 2014. Mr. Bartow leads a network of over 700 small business professionals, and is principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisitions and Sustainment, and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy for matters relating to small business. Small business procurements represent over 20% of all procurements within the Department, greatly influencing mission success. Mr. Bartow provides leadership, guidance, and oversight to the Military Departments and Defense Agencies to create unity of effort towards achieving established small business goals.

Mr. Bartow is responsible for integrating all DoD small business activities and overseeing the efficient and effective functioning of the Department's small business specialists and acquisitions workforce. He works to integrate the diverse aspects of the small business programs into a balanced and coherent program that supports the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy.

A decorated U.S. Army combat veteran with more than 26 years of honorable military service, Mr. Bartow currently serves as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in support of Special Operations Forces in the West Virginia Army National Guard. Mr. Bartow comes from a family of entrepreneurs, is a small business owner, accomplished entrepreneur, and 70% service-disabled combat veteran.

From October 2017 until his appointment as DoD OSBP Director, Mr. Bartow served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Policy. There he served as the Action Officer for Central Africa, and as the lead for Security Cooperation and resources. He provided critical leadership in support of U.S. AFRICOM’s $210 million security cooperation portfolio, and impacted the $1.4 billion global security cooperation budget as a member of the Security Cooperation Executive Policy Committee.

From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Bartow served as a Military Operations Subject Matter Expert supporting Interpol Washington, the U.S. branch of the International Criminal Police Organization. While at Interpol, Mr. Bartow led the advancement of U.S. law enforcement interests in the areas of identity intelligence and anti-piracy. For three years, he led a Department of State-funded project with five African nations to combat marine piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Born in Canton, Ohio, and a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Mr. Bartow also has five years of Congressional staff experience covering issues such as military and veteran affairs, homeland security, foreign policy, education, and housing, as both a constituent case worker and Military Legislative Assistant. He has also served in senior staff management and advisor roles for members of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate and State Senate in Ohio.

Mr. Bartow resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and their three small children.

 



MR. SHANNON JACKSON
Deputy Director 

Mr. Jackson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army where he served for 23 years. In the military, he was the Deputy Program Manager for the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force; a Foreign Military Sales Acquisition Officer/Program Manager for a Major Weapon Systems, Ammunition and Service for the Government of Iraq; and the Department of the Army System Coordinator (DASC) within the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition Logistics and Technology directly managing the Joint Air to Ground Missile (JAGM) and the Hellfire Missile System. 

Mr. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Nichols College and a master’s degree in Procurement and Acquisition from Webster University. He is a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level 3 certified Program Manager and a Level 2 Contracting professional.

 



MS. KASEY DIAZ

Associate Director

Prior to joining DoD OSBP, Ms. Diaz worked in the private sector where she provided direct program management support for federal government small business policies and programs with the objective of maximizing utilization of small and disadvantaged small businesses.

Prior to providing programmatic and management support to the federal government, Ms. Diaz was instrumental in enhancing membership recruitment, retention and outreach and influential in all membership-level activities as the Assistant Director for nonprofit associations. Ms. Diaz has more than 17 years of experience in technical, programmatic, administrative and management assistance in support of DOD as a subject-matter expert on small business and acquisition policies, procedures and related matters at the major command level. She has a BS in Biology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
 



DR. RUBY CRENSHAW-LAWRENCE
Associate Director

As the Associate Director for Legislative and Small Business Policy with the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD), Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), Dr. Lawrence develops recommendations for new or modified Administrative Program Policies, Processes, Goals or Objectives, analyzes the effectiveness of Small Business Policies and Regulations, and provides advisement on all Small Business Policy matters related to Legislative and Regulatory Updates. While working alongside various DoD Components, Civilian Federal Agencies, Congressional Staff, Regulatory Councils, Special Committees, and other Ad Hoc groups, Dr. Lawrence evaluates, refines and proposes Small Business Policy to ensure maximum contribution of Small Business participation throughout DoD Acquisitions.

Dr. Lawrence has served in several other appointments throughout her career with OSBP, most recently, as the Assistant Director for Strategic Communication, Advocacy and Outreach. In this role, Dr. Lawrence advocated to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Small Business Programs, lead an effort to provide outreach and guidance in enhancing the Defense Industrial Base through collaboration with Senior DoD Officials, Civilian Federal Agencies, Institutes of Higher Education, and Congressional Staff. In her earlier career with OSBP, Dr. Lawrence provided management and oversight in the distribution of $15M in Congressional Funds to Prime Contractors and Small Businesses who utilized Native American Owned, Alaskan Owned, or Hawaiian Owned Businesses or Enterprises as Subcontractors. Prior to these positions, Dr. Lawrence functioned as the Senior Mentor-Protégé Program Analyst for OSBP, whereby she assisted in the initiation and oversight of Policy Improvements and Developments, Program Reviews and Compliance as well as daily management of Component Activities participating in the program.

Mission

We maximize opportunities for small businesses to contribute to national security by providing combat power for our troops and economic power for our nation.

Vision

We are a network of Small Business Professionals with common values, shared knowledge and regular communication who partner with acquisition professionals seeking small businesses to fulfill DoD procurement requirements and give our Service Members the competitive advantage.

Small Business Professionals' Values

Leadership: We provide the direction and resources needed to achieve DoD small business procurement objectives while managing differing perspectives, change, challenges and opportunities.

  • Integrity: We are trustworthy and accountable.

  • Professionalism: We are competent at small business procurement activities and strive for excellence through lifelong learning.

  • Customer Focus: We identify the customer, respond to customer needs and prioritize efforts to serve the customer.

  • Advocacy: We seek ways to leverage small business as a primary procurement option by emphasizing affordability, innovation, agility and responsiveness.

  • Innovation: We implement new ways of developing the small business industrial base to introduce new products, services and solutions to meet DoD mission requirements and maintain the competitive advantage over our adversaries.

Responsibilities

  • Transition expedient solutions to military requirements and SBIR/STTR developed capabilities into DoD programs by managing the Rapid Innovation Program (formally known as the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF))

  • Manage the DoD Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) to develop high priority sectors of the DoD industrial base, such as cybersecurity, by pairing experienced mentor firms with small business protégés

  • Manage small business program funding to ensure timely, efficient and effective usage of appropriated resources

  • Evaluate, refine and propose policy to ensure maximum practicable opportunity for small businesses of the DoD industrial base to participate in DoD procurement, while prioritizing the accomplishment of the DoD mission; engage in the legislative and regulatory processes to ensure DoD complies with regulations and statutes and, when appropriate, recommend adjustments to improve the contribution of small businesses to national security

  • Contribute to the DoD acquisition strategy, market research and contracting processes and activities to ensure small businesses receive the maximum practical opportunity to provide innovative, cost-competitive and timely products and services to satisfy DoD procurement requirements

  • Establish challenging and achievable small business procurement goals for the DoD buying commands, monitor performance across all small business socio-economic categories and implement initiatives to achieve statutory goals

Products

  • Technology innovation for DoD programs through the SBIR/STTR programs and rapid acquisition through the RIF program

  • Industrial base expansion and improvement through SBIR/STTR, RIF, MPP and IIP programs

  • Opportunities for small business procurement that annually exceed $50 billion of prime contract awards and over $40B of subcontracting

  • Outreach and guidance to the Defense Industrial Base consisting of almost 50,000 small businesses out of a contractor pool of over 66,000 firms that procure about $300 billion annually from DoD

  • Subcontracting reporting, reviews and oversight of the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan (CSP) Test Program involving most of the largest businesses of the DoD industrial base

  • Implementation of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) small business regulations through issuance of DD 2579 reviews for each contract over $10,000, and, recommendations to adjust regulations when appropriate

  • Acquisition Strategy and Peer Review recommendations on large-scale Defense acquisitions

Current Authorities

The Small Business Act (15 USC Sections 631-657)
Establishes mandatory small business contracting goals and small business programs applicable to all Federal agencies, including the DoD.

DoD Instruction 5134.04 (Director of Small Business Programs)
Establishes the Director of SBP as the principal advisor to the USD(AT&L) and the Secretary of Defense on small business matters and providing small businesses the maximum practicable opportunity for contracts in accordance with the Small Business Act.

DoD Instruction 4205.01 (DoD Small Business Programs)
Establishes the DoD small business programs under the authority of the Director of SBP. DoD small business programs include: small business, veteran-owned small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business, historically underutilized business zone small business, small disadvantaged business, Women-owned small business, DoD Mentor-Protégé Program, Indian Incentive Program, Small Business Innovation Research, Small Business Technology Transfer, and all other small business programs in the DoD.

The Small Business Innovation Development Act (15 USC Section 638)
SBIR: This section of the Small Business Act establishes the SBIR program as well as the rules governing the program.

Defense Research and Development Rapid Innovation Program a/k/a RIF (10 USC Section 2359)
RIF: The RIF Program was created in NDAA fiscal year 2011 and made permanent by NDAA fiscal year 2017. RIF is a competitive, merit-based program designed to accelerate the fielding of innovative technologies into military systems.

Indian Financing Act (25 USC Section 1544)
Established the Indian Incentive Program (IIP) to motivate prime contractors to subcontract to Indian organizations and Indian-owned economic enterprises by providing a 5% rebate back to the prime contractor for doing so.

Pilot Mentor-Protege Program (10 USC Section 2302)
MPP: The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) provides incentives for DoD contractors to assist protégé firms in enhancing their capabilities and increases participation of such firms in Government and commercial contracts.

Test Program for Negotiation of Comprehensive Small Business Subcontract Plan (Public Law 101-189)
Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan (CSP) Program: The CSP Program allows negotiation and administration of an overall (comprehensive) subcontracting plan for large contractors who choose to participate. The CSP applies to every contract, precluding the need to spend time and resources to individually negotiate subcontracting plans for each contract. This reduces administrative burden on contractors and therefore costs.

 

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