The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans First Contracting Program continues to attract more and more veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs).
Indeed, the ability to gain access to VA contracts set aside for VOSBs and SDVOSBs remains an incredibly popular tool among small businesses in the veteran contracting community. Much to the dismay of many potentially eligible firms, the process of applying to the VA, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) to be verified as an eligible VOSB or SDVOSB is still not a cakewalk, and for good reason.
The VA has a legitimate interest in ensuring that VOSB and SDVOSB set-aside contracts are awarded to firms that are eligible to participate in the Veterans First Contracting Program, and eliminating fraud and abuse requires that VOSBs and SDVOSBs be thoroughly vetted by CVE.
Nevertheless, previously-verified VOSBs and SDVOSBs, i.e., firms that have already undergone a complete CVE examination, are finding CVE’s reverification process to be no less cumbersome than the first go-around.
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