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INTRODUCTION TO DOD OSBP


LEADERSHIP

Mr. Farooq A. Mitha
Director

Mr. Farooq A. Mitha currently serves in the Biden administration as the Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). As Director, Mr. Mitha oversees more than $140 billion of annual awards to small business. In addition, he assists the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretaries of Military Departments, Under Secretaries of Defense, Directors of Defense Agencies and Major Commands in including small business planning into the readiness of the Department. These efforts aim to modernize and restore the nation’s industrial commons through focusing on advanced manufacturing, applied research, and innovative programs that align small business capabilities with the DoD’s current and future needs.

Prior to his appointment Mr. Mitha served on the Biden-Harris transition team as a member of the DoD Agency Review Team. Mr. Mitha also served in the Obama administration as the Senior Advisor to the Director of the DoD Office of Small Business Programs and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy.

Mr. Mitha served as the President and CEO of Imbue Group, Inc., which provided the subject matter expertise to DoD’s industrial base and innovation programs on small business programs, supply chain risk, defense procurement policy, utilization of other transactional authorities, engaging small businesses within the national security technology and industrial base, and advanced manufacturing.

In his previous time at the Department of Defense, Mr. Mitha led several programs and initiatives that have increased the visibility of small business within DoD, modernized programs to infuse small business capability into major defense acquisition programs and increased effective dialogue with industry.

Mr. Mitha has a strong background in international policy and national security. He is fluent in Arabic and published opinion-editorials offering commentary on issues concerning the Middle East and the American political system. In 2009, Mr. Mitha was a Fulbright Fellow in Amman, Jordan where he coordinated a Track II diplomacy conference and conducted research on economic reform in the Middle East. Mr. Mitha has also lectured at domestic and international universities on economic reform in the Middle East, U.S. policy in the Middle East, and civic engagement. 

Mr. Mitha obtained his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and holds a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of South Florida.

 

DR. RUBY CRENSHAW-LAWRENCE
Associate Director

As the Associate Director for the Indian Incentive Program, Dr. Lawrence provides management and oversight of the Indian Incentive Program (IIP) in the distribution of $25M in Congressional Funds to Prime Contractors and Small Businesses who utilize Native American Owned, Alaskan Owned, or Hawaiian Owned Businesses or Enterprises as Subcontractors.

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.

 

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. She currently serves as the Director of the DoD Mentor-Protégé Program.

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.

 

MS. VICKY MUNDT 
Associate Director

As the Associate Director for Industry Engagement, Ms. Mundt and her team promote events and activities for small businesses who are interested in doing business with the Department of Defense.

Ms. Mundt also oversees the socioeconomic programs, ensuring regulation compliance which promotes the utilization of disadvantaged small business; 8(a) Business Development Program, Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). 

Prior to joining the DoD OSBP, Ms. Mundt served in a variety of positions in the Office Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was the Director of Entrepreneurship Education, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Development Centers and a financial manager.

Ms. Mundt is a retired Navy Captain where she served for 26 years in a number of leadership positions in Navy Medicine headquarters and Navy Hospitals.

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

  • 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

  • Industrial base expansion and improvement through 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 35,000 small businesses out of a contractor pool of over 47,000 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, and all other small business programs in the DoD.

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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