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Vets First Verification Program

VETS FIRST VERIFICATION PROGRAM

The Vets First Verification Program affords verified firms owned and controlled by Veterans and Service-disabled Veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set asides.

OVERVIEW

The Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-461) provides the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with unique authority for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) set-aside and sole source contracts.

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.

The Vets First Verification Program affords verified firms owned and controlled by Veterans and Service-disabled Veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set asides. During Verification, the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verifies SDVOSBs/VOSBs according to the tenets found in Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 74 and 13 CFR Part 125 that address Veteran eligibility, ownership, and control. In order to qualify for participation in the Veterans First Contracting Program, eligible SDVOSBs/VOSBs must first be verified.

As part of the Verification Process, applicants move through four stages: Intake, Assessment, Federal Review, and Decision.
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Laws and Regulations

13 CFR Part 125  - Government Contracting Programs
38 U.S.C. § 8127 - Contracting Goals and Preferences
38 U.S.C. § 8128 - Contracting Priority
VA Procurement Policy Memorandum 7/25/2016
VA Acquisition Circular

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