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VAVerifys Veteran Small Businesses

Reprinted from PN March 2011

Veteran-owned businesses have to provide documentation to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to be listed in the VA’s online vendor database.

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To further advocate for veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says companies identifying themselves as small businesses or veteran-owned businesses to gain priority for some VA contracts must provide documentation verifying their status within 90 days of receiving notice from the agency.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki notes, “Although the verification process may initially be a challenge to some small-business owners and to VA, it’s a necessary step to eliminate misrepresentation by firms trying to receive contracts that should go to service-disabled and other veteran-owned vendors.”

The Veterans Benefits Act of 2010, signed by President Obama on October 13, 2010, expanded VA’s requirement to verify the status of businesses claiming veterans preference to compete for VA contracts by being listed in VA’s vetbiz.gov “Vendor Information Pages” (VIP) database. Companies will have to submit an application to substantiate their status as owned and controlled by veterans, service-disabled veterans, or eligible surviving spouses. Only companies that submit the information will be listed in the VIP database.

The law requires VA to notify currently listed businesses that within 90 days of the veteran-owned business receiving the notice they must submit certain business documents. VA sent notices to more than 13,000 listed businesses by e-mail and mail December 10–11, 2010. Other companies wanting to be listed in the database and considered for future set-aside VA contracts also have to submit application packages. VA will work on those verifications after the existing listings are verified.

The department has additional information at www.vetbiz.gov to in­form applicants how to submit their documents electronically.

Priority processing is given to:

- Veteran-owned firms that are in line to receive a set-aside contract from VA

- Those that already conduct business with VA

- Those that have already filed an application for verification

Contact: www.va.gov/OSDBU/veteran/verification.asp / www.va.gov/osdbu.

 

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