More Business for Vets Businesses

Reprinted from PN October 2012

VA is giving more work to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is giving more work to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB).

VA has exceeded by more than six times the Small Business Administration (SBA) goal of government procurements to SDVOSB, according to the SBA scorecard.

That total surpassed the combined procurements from the rest of the civilian agencies of the
federal government.

VA has statutory responsibilities under Public Law 109-461 that place SDVOSB and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses first and second, respectively, in the hierarchy of its small-business preferences.

VA awarded more than 18.3% of its procurement dollars to SDVOSB.

At the National Veteran Small Business Conference earlier this year in Detroit, a large crowd of veteran businesses and government procurement decision makers gathered. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced additional steps to ensure VA meets its commitment to veteran-owned businesses. 

Any contract not going to a veteran-owned small business must be reviewed by a senior executive and concurred with by a senior contracting executive.

All senior executive performance evaluations will include a small-business performance metric.

For the first time, VA has established small-business
procurement goals all the way down to the lowest senior executive level that exercises procurement responsibilities — for instance, at a medical center or a regional office or a cemetery. Within overall departmental goals, senior executives  are now accountable for specific goals.

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