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Submitting Documents in English Fact Sheet

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Issue:  During the verification process, documents must be submitted in English.

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The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) only accepts documents that are in English and does not provide any translations for documents that are not in English.  According to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Federal agencies are allowed to require submissions in English. The Veterans First Contracting program is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) procurement program that also relies on this requirement.  This policy appears under the Frequently Asked Questions on our website and was published in December of 2013.

Regarding CVE’s requirement for original documents that are issued in another language, please submit both the original documents, along with translated versions.  CVE is not requiring applicants to refile their tax returns and business documents, but only that translations are provided.

For additional information on navigating the verification process, please utilize CVE’s Verification Assistance Program.  Be sure to read the Verification Assistance Briefs, take the Verification Self-Assessment Tool, and, if necessary, consult a PTAC Counselor.  Visit for more information about CVE and the Verification Process.

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