The U.S. Department of Transportation was recognized last week for its effectiveness in providing contracting and subcontracting opportunities for small, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses. The Small Business Administration, as part of this year’s Small Business Week, presented DOT with one of SBA’s two Gold Star Awards for achievements during fiscal year 2009.
The Gold Star Awards were established to recognize federal agencies that establish aggressive goals and strategic initiatives to ensure that small business plays a role in the federal marketplace. SBA cited DOT for surpassing its goals for providing contracts to small and disadvantaged firms, women-owned small businesses and firms located in areas underutilized by businesses.
At DOT, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization oversees the agency’s small business program, supported by DOT headquarters, the department’s modal agencies and OSDBU’s network of Small Business Transportation Resource Centers.