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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VA Proposes SDVOSB Program Overhaul

The VA is proposing a major overhaul to its SDVOSB program regulations–including the rules governing ownership and control.

In a proposed rule released today, the VA is seeking to “find an appropriate balance between preventing fraud in the Veterans First Contracting Program and providing a process that would make it easier for more VOSBs to become verified.”  And while the proposal isn’t perfect, it looks like a step in the right direction.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: June 15-19, 2015

With the summer solstice this weekend we are looking forward to the longest day of the year and enjoying the outdoors. Meanwhile, new developments continue in the world of federal government contracting.

Some articles you may find of interest below include comments on a long awaited reverse auction memo, two stories about deception, and the SBA receiving a nice boost from government funding.

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