What You Need to Know About Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Certification

Written by Raymond McKenzie on October 23rd, 2014

Service Disabled Veteran-Owner Business (“SDVOB”) Certification Requirements:  

1. The service-disabled veteran must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense

2. The service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern must be small under the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement;

 3.The service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern must also be at least 51% owned by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans.

 4.Management and daily business operations of the service-disabled veteran-owned business concern must be controlled by one or more Service-Disabled Veterans or, in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, the spouse or permanent caregiver of such a veteran.

5. The service-disabled veteran must hold the highest officer position in the small business concern.

 6.Further:

 To be an eligible SDVOSBC the following must be met:

  • The management and daily business operations of the concern must be controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans.
    • Control by one or more service-disabled veterans means that both the long-term decision making and the day-to-day management and administration of the business operations must be conducted by one or more service-disabled veterans
    • The management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans or, in the case of a service-disabled veterans or, in the case of a service-disabled veteran with permanent and severe disability, the spouse of permanent caregiver of such veteran
  • Service-disabled veteran means a veteran with a disability that is service-connected.
  • Ownership must be direct. Ownership by one or more service disabled veterans must be direct ownership.
    • A concern owned principally by another business entity that is in turn owned and controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans does not meet this requirement.

GSA Certification as SDVOB:

GSA does not require formal certification, instead they allow a business to self-certify.  Go to www.sam.gov for more information. 

 SDVOSB program — bidding firm is responsible for self-certifying or representing to the contracting officer that it is a service disabled veteran owned small business concern.

 -Self-certification can be achieved through SAM

 -Under the SDVOSB program, the bidding firm is responsible for self-certifying or representing to the contracting officer that it is a service disabled veteran owned small business concern. A firm can do this by simply self-certifying through the government’s System for Award Management (SAM) – by declaring that it meets the definition of a service disabled veteran owned small business.

 Dept. of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) Certification

 Veterans First Contracting Program requires verification of veteran status and placement in VetBiz database.  Agencies cannot require certification by the VA.

 The Veterans First Contracting Program, which applies only to VA acquisitions and requires verification of veteran status through the VA in its Vendor Information Pages or VetBiz database. Agencies, other than VA, cannot require certification by the VA or placement in the VetBiz database.

 Veterans First Contracting Program:

 -Applies only to VA acquisitions

 -Provides sole-source authority to the VA and permits restricted set-asides to both SDVOSBs and VOSBs

 -Establishes contracting goals unique to the VA

 -7% for veteran owned businesses; 10% for service disabled veteran owned businesses

 -Requires veteran status to be verified by the VA

 

 

 

 

 

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