VA Suspends SDVOSB/VOSB Applications Effective May 21

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.”

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SBA CVE Protests and Appeals: Coming October 1

The SBA will begin hearing protests and appeals related to inclusion in the VA’s SDVOSB/VOSB CVE database on October 1, 2018.

On March 30, the SBA published a final rule, which responded to public comments made on the proposed rule issued last year.  SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals will begin deciding these cases in the fall.

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VA CVE Unreasonably Decertified SDVOSB, Court Rules

The VA Center for Verification and Evaluation unreasonably decertified an SDVOSB based on the results of an SBA SDVOSB decision.

According to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, it was improper for the VA to remove the SDVOSB from the VA’s database without evaluating whether the SBA’s determination was consistent with the VA’s separate SDVOSB requirements.

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SDVOSB & VOSB Reverification: VA Confirms Extended Three-Year Eligibility

After receiving “numerous” public comments, the VA has confirmed today that the extended three-year SDVOSB and VOSB verification term–originally adopted in February 2017–will remain in effect indefinitely. Before February, SDVOSBs and VOSBs were required to be reverified every two years.

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The VA’s SDVOSB JV Verification Assistance Brief Is Wrong

The VA’s Verification Assistance Brief for SDVOSB and VOSB joint ventures flat-out misstates the law regarding the manner in which joint venture profits must be split.

SDVOSBs and VOSBs often rely on Verification Assistance Briefs to guide them through the CVE verification process, and CVE analysts sometimes use Verification Assistance Briefs, too.  Which begs the question: how many CVE-verified joint ventures are legally invalid?

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Thank you, Washington State!

I recently had the pleasure of presenting an update of important government contracting matters at this year’s Alliance Northwest Conference in Puyallup, Washington. It was a fantastic event that brought together government buyers, large prime contractors, small government contractors, and other service providers.

Many thanks to those that attended my presentation—I enjoyed speaking with you about recent GAO bid protest trends, the SBA’s universal mentor/protégé program, big changes to the WOSB and CVE programs, and the implications of the Kingdomware and Spur Design cases.

If you attended Alliance 2016, I’d enjoy hearing from you. Otherwise, hopefully we’ll see you at next year’s Alliance Northwest Conference!

SmallGovCon Week In Review: November 30-December 4, 2015

We hope that all of our readers had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving. While we are looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings, we continue to bring you our weekly dose of government contracting news and notes for the remainder of the year.

In this week’s edition of SmallGovCon Week In Review, a look at ever-increasing regulatory burdens on contractors, the American Legion endorses a proposal to increase veteran-owned contracting, the Government recovers $3.5 billion in False Claims Act cases, and more.

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