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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has special authority for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB and VOSB) set-aside and sole source contracts.

Public Law (P.L.) 109-461 entitled “Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006” provides VA with unique authority for contracting with SDVOSB and VOSB.  A new procurement hierarchy within VA for open market procurements was created which places highest priority with SDVOSB then VOSB.  These small business groups are followed by 8(a), HUBZone, Women-Owned Small Business, then all other small businesses.  This procurement authority, and its subsequent implementation, is a logical extension of VA’s mission to care for our nation’s Veterans.  VA refers to this program as the Veterans First Contracting Program.  See VA Acquisition Regulation Part 808, Required Sources of Supplies and Services, for the priorities in acquisition.

In order to qualify for participation in the VA Veterans First Contracting Program, eligible VOSB owners must first be verified. Start Verification »

Verification Guides and Popular Fact Sheets

Verification Webinars and Town Halls

Your Verification Application — Where is it Now?

Town Halls hosted by OSDBU for firms with applications currently in the MyVA Verification process.

  • Your Verification Application — Where is it Now? Slides »
  • Your Verification Application — Where is it Now? Presentation »

Verification Assistance Program

VA has developed a Verification Assistance Program to help Veterans understand Verification policy and processes.  The goal of this program is to reduce the risk of denial due to lack of understanding and misinterpretation of the regulation.  Partnering Veteran service organizations and small business support organizations can provide assistance to Veterans who are interested in applying for the Vet First Verification Program.

VA Certified Verification Counselors

VA Certified Verification Counselors are trained by VA OSDBU to provide Verification application assistance to SDVOSBs/VOSBs. Counselor assistance is available at no cost to the Veteran and available throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Additional counselor assistance features include:

  • Provide insight regarding the interpretation of regulation 38 CFR Part 74
  • Review a firm’s business model
  • Answer questions on how to use the Verification Self-Assessment Tool
  • Status Checks on where an applicant is in the Verification process

If you are a SDVOSB/VOSB applicant in need of assistance, visit the list of VA Certified Verification Counselors.

Verification Assistance Counselor Training

VA continues to offer its “Understanding the VA Verification Process” training series to certify Verification Counselors nationwide. Interested Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Counselors and Veteran Partner Organizations interested in becoming VA certified to counsel Veterans are encourgaged to participate. View Upcoming Training Dates and Register for Training »

Laws and Regulations

Center for Verification and Evaluation Standard Operating Procedure (Last reviewed on September 29, 2015)

VA Moves Against Non-Compliant and Fraudulent Firms

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. Report firms believed to be non-compliant of 38 CFR Part 74.

The VA Office of Inspector General is committed to protecting the rights of SDVOSBs/VOSBs by vigorously investigating and seeking prosecution of those who deprive Veterans who have earned the right to set-aside government contracts. Report fraud to VA OIG Hotline.

Learn more about VA Verification fraud prosecutions »

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