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Win federal contracts for your small business with these dynamic U.S. Government programs. Find out how the Small Business Administration (SBA) can certify you to access contracts set aside for veteran-owned businesses.
SBA veteran assistance is divided into two programs: veteran-owned small business (VOSB) and service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). Both programs offer contracting dollars that are specifically set aside for eligible contractors. If both VOSB and SDVOSB certifications are achieved, you qualify for 6% of the total set-aside contracts.
The objective of the Veteran Procurement Program is to provide federal government procuring agencies the authority to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among SDVOSB and VOSB concerns, as well as the authority to make sole source awards to these if certain conditions and requirements are met. (See Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 13 C.F.R. § 125.8-125.10).
Eligibility Requirements for the Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
Per SBA requirements, to become approved as an eligible SDVOSB, applicant firms must first meet multiple and specific terms and conditions. The full terms and conditions are available in Title 13 Part 125 Subpart B of the Code of Federal Regulations. Here are a few requirements:
Eligibility Requirements for the Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
Once you receive SDVOSB program certification, then you may be eligible for sole-source contracting opportunities. The SBA states that a Contracting Officer (CO) may award a sole source contract if:
The requirement is not exempted from SDVOSB contracting and cannot be set aside
The CO does not have a reasonable expectation that at least two responsible SDVOSBCs will submit offers
The anticipated award price of the contract, including options, will not exceed:
The award can be made at a fair market price
Veteran-owned small businesses can access federally owned personal property no longer in use through the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program.
GSA oversees the reuse and donation of federal personal property. It also:
SASP manages surplus property disbursement, including:
If the requirement is at or below the simplified acquisition threshold, the Contracting Officer may set aside the requirement for consideration among SDVOSBs using simplified acquisition procedures or may award a sole-source contract to an SDVOSB. A sole-source award is only permissible where there is only one Service Disabled Small Business Concern that performs the contract in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations § 19.406 (a)(3).
The certification process for veteran-owned businesses is laborious, paper-intensive and legally challenging. Fortunately, GPS saves you the headaches of applying. Receive a consultation to discover how to apply for a veteran owned business certification with our expert team.
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