Enactment of laws establishing veteran-owned businesses as a distinct class is done a lot to help veterans.
One of the enduring questions of the ages, at least in government contracting, is what counts as a small business and what happens when it grows bigger during the course of a contract?
Scott Denniston, executive director of the National Veterans Small Business Coalition, joins host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center to discuss the challenges facing veteran owned small businesses. November 19, 2018
The FAR Council and lawmakers are updating federal procurement regulations to address long-standing concerns about veterans, prompt payment and privacy training.
The Veterans Affairs Department’s Vets First program is taking center stage before the nine justices over whether it applies to the general supply schedule programs.
Veteran owned small businesses might have too many options to help them earn federal contracting opportunities. And the differences between the Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern and Vets First program are confusing. Marci Love Thomas is senior counsel at the General Counsel’s government contracts practice and former senior attorney adviser at the Small Business Administration. She tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the differences between the two programs.
Veterans service organizations say despite attempts at improvement, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ verification process for veteran-owned small businesses is still barring legitimate firms from contracts with the department, while doing little to deter actual fraud.
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) believes a VA contracting program that requires service-disabled vets control 100 percent of their company’s decision-making to qualify is too onerous. And he wants to ease the requirements.
The rule, aimed at preventing fraud in the VA service-disabled veteran-owned small business program, requires that veterans control 100 percent of company decisions, even if they maintain just partial ownership. VA is taking suggestions for changing its rules.
GAO highlights a need for tighter controls to fix the contracting program.