Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Programs
For service-disabled veterans of the U.S. military, the two service-disabled veteran-owned small business programs–one run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the other by the U.S. Small Business Administration–can provide important set-aside, sole source, and subcontracting opportunities.
Unfortunately, the SDVOSB programs also involve complex and confusing requirements. If your company needs an SDVOSB attorney, Koprince Law LLC can help you make sense of the regulations, as well as avoid adverse eligibility protests and other pitfalls.
VA CVE SDVOSB Verification
To do business with the VA as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, you must first be verified (sometimes called “certified”) by the VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise, or CVE, and be listed in the CVE’s Vendor Information Pages database. It sounds simple enough, but the VA’s strict interpretation of the SDVOSB regulations (and thorough review of corporate documents), results in many applicants who believe they are qualified receiving denial letters.
If you are considering applying for VA CVE verification, Koprince Law’s SDVOSB certification attorneys can assist you in putting together your application; including by reviewing your corporate documents and business structure for SDVOSB regulatory compliance–before you submit them to the VA CVE.
VA CVE SDVOSB Requests for Reconsideration/Re-submittals
If you applied to the VA Center for Veterans Enterprise for SDVOSB verification but received a denial letter, you have the opportunity to request reconsideration of the CVE’s decision. Alternatively, you may withdraw your application and re-submit it after correcting the matters identified by the CVE.
Koprince Law’s SDVOSB attorneys can help you prepare a strong VA CVE re-submittal or request for reconsideration, pointing out any errors in the CVE’s decision and making any necessary changes to your corporate documentation to meet the VA’s service-disabled veteran-owned small business requirements.
SDVOSB Eligibility Protests and Appeals
If a competitor wins a service-disabled veteran-owned small business
contract, you may have the right to file an SDVOSB protest with the SBA
or VA, challenging your competitor’s status as a valid service-disabled
veteran-owned small business. Win the SDVOSB protest, and your
competitor will be eliminated from the competition–perhaps resulting in an
award to your SDVOSB.
Koprince Law’s SDVOSB attorneys can help you put together a thorough SDVOSB eligibility protest, challenging your competitor’s status as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business. Additionally, if the SBA or VA denied an SDVOSB eligibility protest you previously filed, Koprince Law can assist you in preparing an appeal to the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals or VA OSDBU Executive Director.
Defending SDVOSB Eligibility Protests and Appeals
If a competitor files a service-disabled veteran-owned small business eligibility protest against your company, treat it with the seriousness it deserves. After all, if you were to lose the protest, you’ll not only lose the SDVOSB set-aside contract you just won, but may become ineligible to submit future offers on SDVOSB set-aside procurements.
When your SDVOSB status is under attack, Koprince Law’s SDVOSB attorneys can help. In addition to guidance on what documents to submit to the SBA or VA, Koprince Law draws on the SDVOSB programs’ regulations and case law to provide the government with a thorough legal response defending your service-disabled veteran-owned small business status–and your contract award.
SDVOSB Internal Compliance Audits
Not sure if your small business qualifies as a service-disabled veteran-owned small business? You are not alone. At one point in time, only about 20% of initial VA CVE applicants actually met the SDVOSB program requirements.
Before you self-certify on your next SDVOSB set-aside procurement or submit your VA CVE application, Koprince Law’s SDVOSB attorneys can perform a thorough internal audit of your SDVOSB compliance. We will review your company’s governing documents, ownership and management structure, and day-to-day business practices to identify and correct eligibility issues–before they cost you a contract award.
SDVOSB Articles on SmallGovCon
At Koprince Law, we closely follow the latest SBA SDVOSB appeal decisions, as well as regulatory changes affecting SDVOSBs. We regularly write about SDVOSB legal matters on our blog, SmallGovCon. Click here to read our articles on SDVOSBs.