Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Verification Assistance Program
On this page:
- Why Does My Business Need to be Verified to do Business with VA?
- What Companies Should Know Before Applying for Verification
- Verification Resource Tool
- Verification Assistance Briefs
- Verification Self Assessment Tool
- Guide for Applicants
- Verification Counseling Program
- Required Documents and Application Instructions
- Guide to an Onsite Examination
- Laws and Regulations
- Opportunities for Verified Businesses
- Verification Webinars
Welcome to the VA’s Verification Assistance Program (VAP) website. VA has developed the Verification Assistance Program to help Veterans understand the Verification policy and process. The goal of the program is to reduce the risk of denial due to lack of understanding and misinterpretation of the regulation. To accomplish this objective, we are establishing partnerships with Veteran service and small business support organizations that can provide assistance to Veterans considering applying for the Vet First program.
Why Does My Business Need to be Verified to do Business with VA?
As a part of the VA’s Veterans First Program, contract set-asides are available for Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Small Businesses; however, an applicant must be verified to qualify. Verification is the process by which a Veteran is evaluated and determined eligible to be listed in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database. The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) is the office within VA that manages the verification process and verifies VOSB/SDVOSBs for inclusion in the VetBiz database.
What Companies Should Know Before Applying for Verification
Verification is not a simple process. In 2012, approximately 58 percent of applications were denied. Analysis of the denial rates indicates a significant number were a result of misunderstanding of 38 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 74, the governing regulation of the Verification process. In an effort to reverse this trend and assist applicants with the Verification process, this website will provide you with information that will put you on the path to successful verification. Because in part to our efforts educating applicants via the robust amount of information we post to our website, and facilitating the availability of “no-cost” application assistance via CVE Certified Verification Assistance Counselors listed on our website, 4 percent of all applications submitted were denied as of March 2014.
Step 1: Have You Used the Tools and Resources That Are Available to Guide You Through the Verification Process?
Verification Resource Tool
OSDBU has developed the Verification Resource Tool along with the Verification Self-Assessment Tool to assist you in gauging your readiness and preparedness for the application process. By using the Verification Resource Tool, Veterans will learn about the application requirements and address any issues prior to applying. Access the Verification Resource Tool »
Verification Assistance Briefs
In an effort to assist applicants in obtaining Verification for the Veterans First program, the following Verification Assistance Briefs (VAB) have been provided. The VAB were developed in order to clarify the rules associated with 38 CFR 74. They are based on analysis of issues that cause the majority of denials. View the briefs »
Verification Self Assessment Tool
The Verification Self Assessment Tool was designed to provide the VOSB/SDVOSB the opportunity to freely navigate the Verification process, while gaining expert knowledge in the areas of eligibility and requirements, as it pertains to specific businesses. Additionally, the Verification Resource Tool is available for use and will assist you in gauging your readiness and preparedness for the application process. Begin a self-assessment »
Guide for Applicants
This guide is intended to assist applicants to comply with the regulatory requirements in 38 CFR Part 74, in order to apply for Verification. Whenever this guideline appears inconsistent with 38 CFR Part 74 VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines, the language in 38 CFR Part 74 applies. View the guide »
Verification Counseling Program
The Verification Counseling Program provides education, assistance, and certification to Verification Assistance Partners through Verification Counselor Training. Verification Assistance Counselors are then equipped to provide Verification counseling to applicants. Learn more »
Steps 2 and 3: Required Documents and Application Instructions
What Types of Documents are Required When Applying for Verification?
Depending on your business type, you will be required to submit certain documents for application into the Vendor Information Pages database. View the documents list »
Guide to an Onsite Examination (Site Visit)
Onsite examinations are a part of CVE review process where upon the completion of the examination of a business applicant, a site visit may be conducted to clarify documentation submitted.
Laws and Regulations
Research the laws and regulations that govern the Veterans First Contracting Program.
- 38 CFR § 74 - VA Veteran-Owned Small Business Verification Guidelines
- 38 CFR § 74 RIN 2900-AO49 - (See page 1, center column) Interim final rule regarding the two-year Verification eligibility term for SDVOSB/VOSBs
- 38 U.S.C. §§ 8127/8128 (Veteran Benefits)
- P.L. 111-275, Sec. 104 (Small Business Verification Act)
- 48 C.F.R. Parts 802, 804, 808, 809, 810, 813, 815, 817, 819, 828 & 852 Veterans First Contracting
Opportunities for Verified Businesses
Direct Access Program
VA OSDBU ensures that support programs and services reach the small business community, particularly Veterans. OSDBU's Direct Access Program (DAP) provides greater access to valuable resources that help small businesses market and grow. Browse Direct Access Program »
Doing Business with VA
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has contracting activities for VA Medical Centers (VAMC), VA Central Office in Washington, DC, the Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction, Federal Business Opportunities, and Subcontracting Opportunities. Learn more »