August 6, 2013
According to the governing regulations under which companies are evaluated for the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) Verification Program (38 CFR Part 74), a company must qualify as a small business concern. A “small business concern means a concern, including its affiliates, that is independently owned and operated, not dominate in the field of operations in which it is bidding on Government contracts, and qualified as a small business under the criteria and size standards in 13 CFR under part 121 (see 19.102).” 48 CFR § 2.101 (66 FR 2118, Jan. 10, 2001). According to 13 CFR § 121.101(a), “[s]ize standards have been established for types of economic activity, or industry, generally under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).”
Companies verified in the VetBiz VIP database generally list the NAICS Codes under which they are qualified to provide goods and services. The VetBiz VIP database is restricted to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. If any verified company lists one or more NAICS Code(s) on its profile in which it is other than small, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), is requiring that those NAICS Codes be removed. If such NAICS Codes are not removed, CVE may request the SBA to conduct a formal Size Determination, and CVE may also initiate debarment and/or cancellation proceedings against the company.