The recent decision in CVE Appeal of Valor Construction, Inc, SBA No CVE-121-A (June 3, 2019) provides a useful reminder to contractors regarding the difference between unconditional ownership and unconditional control, and the importance of assessing both when analyzing service-disabled veteran owned small business (“SDVOSB”) eligibility. Specifically, the decision in Valor – which was issued by the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”) – demonstrates that an individual’s majority ownership of a SDVOSB, alone, does not vest that individual with unconditional control over the SDVOSB. The Valor decision further reflects how the revised control regulations may cause eligibility problems for contractors. Avoiding these pitfalls requires some background knowledge regarding the dual SDVOSB programs and the revision of the applicable regulations, a thorough understanding of the revised regulations themselves, and an awareness of the most common eligibility problems that contractors can face under these regulations.
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