On May 21, 2018, the VA will suspend SDVOSB and VOSB applications for “approximately thirty (30)” days while the VA transitions to a new VIP interface.
According to a notice posted on the VA OSDBU website, the suspension will affect “both new applications and applications for re-verification.” However, the VA CVE “will continue processing previously submitted applications during the suspension.” The VA doesn’t beat around the bush: “any applicants (Veterans) that desire to have their cases begin the verification process before the suspension start date, should strongly consider case submission completion to VIP prior to May 21, 2018.”
The temporary suspension will draw the headlines–as it does in this post. But the good news is that the updated system sounds like it will allow for a more user-friendly experience. According to the VA’s notice, the updated system will allow for easier uploads, automatic validation of SAM profiles and DUNS numbers, and other features designed to make it easier for veterans and their representatives to use. Fingers crossed that will be the case.
In the meantime, SDVOSBs and VOSBs should circle May 21 on their calendars. If you’re planning on an SDVOSB or VOSB application, it’s not “now or never,” but it is “now or June.”