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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.


Exploring the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in partnership with Department of Commerce (DOC) BusinessUSA, announces the relaunched Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP), an online platform designed to help Veterans through every step of entrepreneurship. Built with Veterans in mind, VEP offers quick access to the best in business resources and programs for Veterans who are starting and expanding a business, discovering financing opportunities, identifying financial resources, and much more.


Use of the SDVOSB/VOSB Certification Trademark

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) not currently verified, as demonstrated by being listed on the Vendor Information Pages, are prohibited from using the SDVOSB or VOSB certification trademarks.


Streamlined Initial Required Documentation for Verification Application

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) has streamlined what and when core business documents are submitted in support of a verification application.


Resume Requirements for the Verification Application

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


38 CFR Part 74 Non-Compliance Process for Ineligible Firms

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) has established a process to report firms alleged to be non-compliant with one or more of the regulatory requirements for the Vets First Verification Program. Additionally, alleged fraud must be reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General (VA OIG).


Request for Reconsideration Process Modification

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) has updated the Request for Reconsideration (R4R) process to allow review of applications with or without supporting documents or information.


Vendor Information Pages (VIP) Not Linked

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) explains that the VIP is not linked to information maintained by the Small Business Administration (SBA) or System of Award Management (SAM).


Listing NAICS Codes Correctly in Vendor Information Pages (VIP)

Verification applicants are placing North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes in the wrong place in their online VIP profile.


MyVA Verification Application Transformation Trial

The MyVA transformation goal is to improve services to Veterans. As part of this transformation, OSDBU is streamlining the Verification Application Process to make it a predictable and consistent Veteran-centric process.


Clock Processing Time

To provide clarification regarding calendar days versus processing days relating to verification application processing time.


BIRLS and the Verification Process

The Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) is a tool the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) uses to verify an applicant is an eligible Veteran.


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.


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

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

VA Form 0877

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) addresses common VA Form 0877 errors and how they can be remedied.

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.


Franchises and the Veterans First Contracting Program

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


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.


The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)

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


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.


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.


Signing Documents Electronically

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


Doing Business As (DBA) Process Change Requests

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


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.


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.


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?


Submitting Documents in English

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


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.


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.



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