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Audit Initiated of OSDBU’s Oversight of Small Business Transportation Resource Centers

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The Department of Transportation’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is responsible for ensuring that small and disadvantaged businesses are provided opportunities to participate in federally funded contracts. Between 2013 and 2016, OSDBU provided approximately $10.3 million to its 13 Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (Centers) for operating and program costs; the Centers provide outreach services to small businesses, including free business coaching, technical workshops, and information on procurement opportunities. Given the important role the Centers play in helping OSDBU fulfill its mission, we initiated this audit to assess OSDBU’s (1) processes for establishing the Centers and (2) oversight of the Centers’ compliance with cooperative agreements and achievement of program objectives.