For service-disabled veterans of the U.S. military, the two service-disabled veteran-owned small business programs–one run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the other by the U.S Small Business Administration–can provide important set-aside, sole source and subcontracting opportunities.
Unfortunately, the SDVOSB programs also involve complex and confusing requirements. If your company needs a SDVOSB attorney, Steven Koprince and Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird LLP can help you make sense of the regulations, as well as avoid adverse eligibility protests and other pitfalls.
VA CVE SDVOSB Verification
To do business with the VA as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, you must first be verified (sometimes called “certified”) by the VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise, or CVE, and be listed in the CVE’s Vendor Information Pages database. It sounds simple enough, but the VA’s strict interpretation of the SDVOSB regulations (and thorough review of corporate documents), results in many applicants, who believe they are qualified, receiving denial letters.
If you are considering applying for VA CVE verification, Petefish’s SDVOSB certification attorneys can assist you in putting together your application, including by reviewing your corporate documents and business structure for SDVOSB regulatory compliance–before you submit them to the VA CVE. Click to learn more about Petefish’s VA SDVOSB certification attorney services.
VA CVE SDVOSB Requests for Reconsideration
If you applied to the VA Center for Veterans Enterprise for SDVOSB verification, but received a denial letter, you have the opportunity to request reconsideration of the CVE’s decision.
Petefish’s SDVOSB attorneys can help you prepare a strong VA CVE request for reconsideration, pointing out any errors in the CVE’s decision and making any changes to your corporate documentation needed to meet the VA’s service-disabled veteran-owned small business requirements. Click to learn more about Petefish’s VA CVE SDVOSB request for reconsideration attorney services.
SDVOSB Eligibility Protests and Appeals
If a competitor wins a service-disabled veteran-owned small business contract you bid upon, you may have the right to file a SDVOSB protest with the SBA or VA, challenging your competitor’s status as a valid service-disabled veteran-owned small business. Win the SDVOSB protest, and your competitor will be eliminated from the competition–hopefully, resulting in award to your small business.
Petefish’s SDVOSB attorneys can help you put together a strong SDVOSB eligibility protest, challenging your competitor’s status as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. Or, if the SBA denied a SDVOSB eligibility protest you previously filed, Petefish can assist you in preparing an appeal to the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals.
Defending SDVOSB Eligibility Protests and Appeals
If a competitor files a service-disabled veteran-owned small business eligibility protest against your company, treat it with the seriousness if deserves. After all, if you lose, you’ll not only lose the SDVOSB set-aside contract you just won, but may be ineligible to submit future offers on SDVOSB set-aside procurements.
When your SDVOSB status is under attack, Petefish’s SDVOSB attorneys can help. In addition to guidance on what documents to submit to the SBA or VA, Petefish draws on the SDVOSB programs’ regulations and case law to provide the government with a strong legal response defending your service-disabled veteran-owned small business status–and your contract award.
SDVOSB Internal Compliance Audits
Not sure if your small business qualifies as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business? You are not alone. According to one VA report, only about 20% of initial VA CVE applicants actually met the SDVOSB program requirements.
Before you self-certify on your next SDVOSB set-aside procurement or submit your VA CVE application, Petefish’s SDVOSB attorneys can perform a thorough internal audit of your SDVOSB compliance. We will review your company’s governing documents, ownership and management structure, and day-to-day business practices to identify and correct eligibility issues before they cost you a contract award.