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featured fact sheetVIP Firm Website Visibility to VA Customers — BrightCloud Categorization
VA staff may be unable to access the websites of some verified Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) from within the VA network.
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Fact Sheets provide updates about VA OSDBU resources and tools, acquisitions and contracting support, the Vets First Verification Program, and more.

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What resources will help my VOSB to do business with VA?

VIP Firm Website Visibility to VA Customeres — BrightCloud Categorization
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staff may not be able to access the websites of some verified Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) from within the VA security firewall network.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: August 2016

Is the Vets First Verification Program right for my business?

Entities Using 'Vet-Biz' or a Similiar Moniker
There are several private sector entities using a name similar or identical to CVE and/or VetBiz.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: March 2015

Franchises and the Veterans First Contracting Program
The approach that the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) uses to evaluate franchises applying for verification is discussed.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: November 2015

The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and the requirements for a DUNS number with respect to the Vets First Verification Program are defined.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

How Outside Employment May Affect an Application
All firms applying for VA 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.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: March 2015

Vendor Information Pages (VIP) Not Linked
Vendor Information Page (VIP) is not linked to information maintained by the Small Business Administration (SBA) or System for Award Management (SAM).
Updated: May 2017 | Created: September 2015

Am I ready to submit my Vets First Verification application?

Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS)
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
Updated: May 2017 | Created: July 2015

Clock Processing Time
To provide clarification regarding calendar days versus processing days relating to verification application processing time.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: July 2015

Commonly Used Terms
The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) provides clarification related to the different terms used during the verification process to describe documentation that may be requested from a firm such as types of documentation and necessary timeframes/circumstances for particular document requests.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

'Doing Business As' Process Change Requests
The ‘Doing Business As’ (DBA) verification process has created case flow issues. The following policies will reduce case backlog.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: July 2014

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 VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) profile. NAICS codes must be listed in the Business Type field in VIP profiles.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: September 2015

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code Submission Requests
The NAICS code submission process for verification applicants is clarified with explanation of the streamlined process that reduces NAICS code size documentationrelated issues and ensures Veterans receive determination letters as quickly as possible.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: July 2014

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.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: November 2015

Signing Documents Electronically
The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) requires signatures on several documents during the verification application process and addresses the use of electronic signatures.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

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.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: November 2015

Submitting Documents in English
During the verification process, documents must be submitted in English.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

VA Form 0877
The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) addresses common VA Form 0877 errors and how they can be remedied.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

I received a Pre-Decision notification or my Vets First
Verification was denied, what's next?

Request for Reconsideration Process
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.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: September 2015

How do I maintain my Vets First Verification?

Change in Business Structure
Does a company’s change in business structure affect its Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S ® Number and its VetBiz Vendor Information Pages(VIP) profile?
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

Reverification Expiration Notification
To ensure firms receive ample time and notification to complete the reverification process, the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) provides both email and phone call reminders prior to a participant firm’s verification expiration.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

On-site Examination
The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) protects the Veteran advantage to ensure firms that are listed in the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages (VIP) remain eligible for the Veterans First Contracting Program through its Risk Mitigation Program by conducting on-site examinations. CVE conducts hundreds of on-site examinations annually.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: February 2016

Reverification Process
Companies verified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) receive three years of eligibility through the reverification process.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: September 2015

How do I maintain the integrity of the Vets First Verification Program?

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.
Updated: September 2016 | Created: September 2015

Reporting Fraud
The preferred method for reporting suspected Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and/or VeteranOwned Small Business (VOSB) fraud is to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG).
Updated: May 2017 | Created: April 2015

Use of the SDVOSB/VOSB Certification Trademark
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) not currently verified, as demonstrated by being listed on the VetBiz Vendor Information Pages/VIP, are prohibited from using the SDVOSB or VOSB certification trademarks.
Updated: May 2017 | Created: December 2015

 

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