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Fact Sheets

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) prepares fact sheets regarding various aspects of the Vets First Verification Program process.

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How Outside Employment May Affect an Application Fact Sheet

All firms applying for verification must be controlled by one or more Veterans or Service-Disabled Veterans who possess requisite management capabilities and devote sustained and significant time to the business during normal working hours. Outside employment may affect the verification application and eligibility process if it is not adequately addressed.

04/16/2015

Information Needed in a Resume Fact Sheet

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) outlines elements and information needed in resumes in support of a firm’s verification application.

04/16/2015

Entities Using ‘Vet-Biz’ or a Similar Moniker Fact Sheet

There are several private sector entities using a name similar or identical to VetBiz.

04/15/2015

Franchises and the Veterans First Contracting Program

The Center for Verification and Evaluation’s (CVE) approach toward franchises applying for verification.

04/03/2015

Expiration Notification and Steps to Re-Verify

To ensure firms receive ample time and notification to complete the Re-verification process the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) provides Email and phone call reminders prior to a firm’s verification expiration. Additionally, an overview of the Re-verification process is provided.

02/10/2015

The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)

Explains DUNS number requirements with respect to the CVE Verification Program.

02/10/2015

VA Form 0877

Addresses common VA Form 0877 errors and how they can be remedied.

02/10/2015

Revised Terms

CVE has provided clarification relating to the different terms used during the Verification process to describe documentation that may be requested during the verification process. This includes the type of documentation and when it becomes necessary to request a particular document.

9/30/2014

Surviving Spouses Options

Outline options for surviving spouses regarding maintaining or forfeiting the CVE VetBiz VIP verification status in the event of death of a Veteran owner.

9/15/2014

Signing Documents Electronically

CVE requires electronic signatures for VA Form 0877 and the questionnaire in the Vendor Information Profile (VIP) match.

07/24/2014

Doing Business As (DBA) Process Change Requests

The DBA verification process has created case flow issues. The following policies will reduce case backlog.

07/17/2014

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code Submission Requests

There is additional clarification and direction regarding the NAICS Code submission process within the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE). This explanation will streamline the process and reduce NAICS Code size documentation related issues as well as ensure Veterans receive determination letters as quickly as possible.

07/17/2014

Reporting Fraud

The Center for Verification and Evaluation's (CVE) preferred method for reporting suspected Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and/or Veteran-Owned Small Business fraud is to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.

07/14/2014

Change in Business Structure

Does a company’s change in business structure affect its Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number and its Vendor Information Pages (VIP) profile?

07/14/2014

Verification Renewal Process

Companies verified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) receive an additional two (2) years of eligibility through the Renewal process.

06/09/2014

Submitting Documents in English

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

06/02/2014

Severely Disabled Veterans

Special provisions in the verification process for a Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business owner who is permanently and severely disabled with regard to the role a spouce can play in the daily activities of the business.

05/22/2014

Site Visit

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) protects the integrity and validity of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans First Contracting Program by conducting a Risk Mitigation Program. This program helps ensure only eligible firms who meet the criteria of 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 74 are entered into the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database. Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) listed in VIP are part of an elite group and CVE protects the Veteran advantage by ensuring these companies remain eligible for the Veterans First Program by performance of pre and post verification site visits.

04/01/2014

Pre-Decision Process (PDP)

The Pre-Decision Process allows Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) the opportunity to WITHDRAW an application instead of receiving a denial letter. Withdrawl gives applicants the option to fix any issues with their business documents and immediately reapply for verification.

09/25/2013

Pre-Determination Findings

Firms that would otherwise be denied based on issues that are easily corrected will receive a Preliminary Findings Letter before a determination of eligibility is issued. They will have 48 hours to respond with their intent to correct and resubmit the documents within a specified timeframe.

03/05/2013

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