Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Freedom of Information Act
If you have a FOIA request that relates to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), please submit your requests to our FOIA electronic mailbox.
ALL other FOIA related information, as it relates to the Department may be accessed at the VA’s FOIA web site. Please read all applicable sections, including but not limited to; “How to Submit a Request”, “Fee Information”, and “How to appeal a FOIA request.” FOIA information as it relates to the VA is also contained in a downloadable Requesters Reference Guide.
VA Verification Documents Subject to Release to FOIA Request
Any information maintained by VA as a Federal agency may be requested by any person pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, just because information is requested under FOIA does not necessarily mean it is releasable under FOIA. So, while the information outlined below contained in VA records would generally be releasable, any privileged or confidential commercial or financial information regarding an applicant business may be subject to withholding on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, any information in which an individual has a personal privacy interest, such as names, home addresses, and home telephone numbers is also subject to withholding.
Documents generally releasable in response to FOIA Request: NOTE: The following information will always be redacted from any of the below documents: Veteran’s name, Veteran’s dependent’s names, Veteran’s home address, Veteran’s Social Security Number or VA File number, and Veteran’s percentage of disability (38 U.S.C. 5701).The following information will be released:
Firms not found eligible for Veterans First Program: The following information will be released: Business name, DUNS number, address, business email addresses that do not identify an individual, Veteran-owned small business (VOSB), service-disabled Veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) status, bonding level and number of employees.
Firms found eligible for Veterans First Program: The following information will be released:
Licenses: All state or local government-issued licenses, permits and/or accreditations already publicly available.
Resumes: All professional information.
Signature Cards: Names of financial institutions (Banks/Credit Unions/etc.) only.
Contracts: Copies of last five contracts (Cover page and Signature Page only): release all but signatures. [5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(6)]
Management Agreements: Release all but financial information. [5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(4)]
Formation: Official Certificates of Formation already publicly available
Joint Venture Agreement: Copy of Joint Venture Agreement, if any.
Mentor-Protégé Agreement: Mentor-Protégé Agreements,(already publicly available).
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VA maintains a collection of documents that are available electronically on the Internet. These public records include VA statements of policy, staff manuals, as well as high-profile records that have been previously requested by another member of the public and are likely to become the subject of another FOIA request. It is likely that the information you seek has already been made available on the VA FOIA reading room.
You may view an index of records that have already been requested by members of the public via the VA FOIA Reading Room’s Frequently Requested Records section.