VA Announces New Pre-Determination Process to Help Veteran Owned Small Businesses

CVE img_main001The VA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) have combined to announce the implement of a helpful new “Pre-Determination Findings Notification” policy.

The new policy includes an extra step designed to help Veteran Owned Small Businesses; specifically, those applying to VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program opportunities for the first time.

By giving new applicants the opportunity to fix easily correctable errors prior to final determination, both offices think the process is an extra step in the right direction.

The goal of the change is to increase the number of verified Veteran-owned Small Businesses involved in the Vets First program by providing email and phone notifications of initial application errors.  Both offices hope these notifications will help eliminate the large percentage of verification denials that, according to them, are currently issued due to “single points of failure that can be easily and quickly corrected.”

The program is scheduled to begin on May 1st, 2013, but the pilot program is already in place.  During the pilot program, feedback is important as the process may be improved by lessons learned.  Here is the step-by-step of how the new process will work initially:

  1. Firms that have easily corrected issues will receive an email notification identifying issues (Preliminary Findings) before the official determination letter of eligibility is issued.
  2. The Findings Letter will be sent via email and followed up by a telephone call within 24 hours to confirm receipt.
  3. The sixty (60) day initial processing “clock” will stop at the point that the Veteran Owner notifies CVE of the applicant’s intent to participate in the Pre-Determination process.
  4. The applicant will have 48 hours to inform CVE via email, of the firm’s intent to participate in the Pre-Determination process.  Within five (5) business days from receipt of the Preliminary Findings, the Veteran is required to submit amended documentation and other information in response to the Preliminary Findings.
  5. If additional issues are discovered as a result of the changes made by the applicant or the issues identified in the Preliminary Findings are not adequately addressed, the Veteran will be notified that the applicant has two business days to withdraw its application or CVE will proceed immediately to determination and the applicant will have the opportunity to request reconsideration.
  6. If the applicant submission is not made within five (5) business days, CVE will issue a determination letter on the issues identified in the Preliminary Findings.
  7. If an application is withdrawn, all previously submitted documents will remain in CVE’s secure case management system and need not be  resubmitted when initiating a new application.
  8. All Veteran-owned companies receiving Preliminary Findings are encouraged to work with a Verification Assistance Partner counselor to address the issues identified in the Findings Letters.

Here is a list of the types of errors that will be eligible for correction notification as part of the Pre-Determination Program.  Applicants with points of failure (singularly or combined) regarding these issues are eligible for the Pre-Determination process.  These issues are typically found in a company’s business and organizational documents.

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The National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo 2012

2012 Information:

The Cobo Center in the heart of Detroit will host the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo June 26-29, 2012. Its elegant banquet rooms and over 70 meeting rooms totaling 178,446 square feet equip Cobo Center to accommodate capacities from up to 10,000.

Join nearly 6,000 participants in Detroit for the opportunity to:

  • Connect with procurement decision makers from other businesses and federal agencies
  • Expand knowledge through over 200 training and business requirement sessions
  • Engage with other attendees and gain visibility in the Expo Hall of nearly 500 booths
  • Use VetGovPartner to facilitate online and onsite networking including face-to-face sessions with senior procurement decision makers.

 

October is “National Disability Employment Awareness Month”

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) will be hosting four “webinars” in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month every Thursday in October from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Dates and Topics include:

Thursday
October 6
Online Training | Hannah Rudstam

Beyond Yellow Ribbons: Research on Employer Preparedness to Include Veterans with Disabilities in the Workplace

Thursday
October 13
Online Training |

The Value of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit: An Employer Perspective

Thursday
October 20
Online Training |

EEOC Charge Data: What We can Learn About the Employment of Persons with Disabilities

Thursday
October 27
Online Training |

The Workforce Recruitment Program: Tapping the Talent of Students and Graduates with Disabilities

To register, please click on this link: http://askearn.org/webinar_registration_2011_October.cfm

The National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo

Update: 2012 Information:

The Cobo Center in the heart of Detroit will host the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo June 26-29, 2012. Its elegant banquet rooms and over 70 meeting rooms totaling 178,446 square feet equip Cobo Center to accommodate capacities from up to 10,000.

Join nearly 6,000 participants in Detroit for the opportunity to:

  • Connect with procurement decision makers from other businesses and federal agencies
  • Expand knowledge through over 200 training and business requirement sessions
  • Engage with other attendees and gain visibility in the Expo Hall of nearly 500 booths
  • Use VetGovPartner to facilitate online and onsite networking including face-to-face sessions with senior procurement decision makers.

 

Original Post: The Department of Veterans Affairs is hosting this event on August 15-18th, 2011, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana being assisted by Halfaker and Associates LLC.

As the largest of its kind, this nationwide conference brings together thousands of attendees from Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB/SDVOSBs), Federal Agencies and departments, and prime contractors to share best practices of how to do business together.

Now in it’s 6th year, the 2011 conference is open to both government and non-government personnel, and gives attendees an opportunity to learn, network, and market their businesses.

View the agenda, exhibitors, and registration information here.

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Veteran Owned Business Directory

Every real American wants to buy “American Made” goods, so the next time you’re shopping online, please consider checking out the list of Veteran Owned Businesses that you can purchase from.  What better way to say “Thank you for your service” than by supporting the livelihood of an American Hero?

One of the best resources for finding such businesses is a website called VeteranOwnedBusiness.com where you can quickly search and find over 6,000 listings.  Even better, these listings are free for Veteran Business Owners!

If you know a veteran who owns a business, Military Times Edge Magazine is looking to interview and spotlight those who started their business while still serving active duty, and recently made the transition back to civilian life.