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CVE Reverification Lessons Learned

10 Mar 2017 19:41 | Valerie Ormond

I recently completed the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) reverification process for my business and wanted to pass along my lessons learned in case it might help our Opps4Vets members.

  • Start early! It took eight weeks for my reverification for a very simple business that had no changes in structure.
  • For your Detailed Letter of Explanation, prepare one letter that includes all the responses, and upload that same letter to each section (ex. 1.1, 2.2, 2.3). It saves time.
  • Expect glitches in the online system. Case Managers, the help desk, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) know problems exist. If you can’t upload a document, or something else doesn’t work, call the help desk. Don’t frustrate yourself.
  • If you run into a problem on the weekend don’t call the help desk which is not manned on the weekends. Put it aside and call during weekday working hours.
  • Do not hit the SUBMIT button until you are completely ready to submit to reverification. The system saves your progress with SAVE. Once you hit SUBMIT, you can no longer add documents to your profile until the VA asks you to do so from its end.
  • Don’t hesitate to call your Case Manager throughout the process, or your case could take longer.

Word on the street is that there is a large backlog of CVE applications and reverifications due to the growing importance of CVE certifications. You all HAVE that certification; make sure to keep your hard-earned status by starting the reverification process 120 days out from expiration – the earliest the VA allows. And good luck!

Anyone else have lessons learned or input? Thank you if you do - it help us all march forward together!

Valerie Ormond

Veteran Writing Services, LLC


  • 15 Mar 2017 16:47 | Valerie Ormond
    Hi All,
    Since I've had two of our members mention it, the VA recently posted an Interim Final Rule to change the reverfication timeline from every two years to every three years. The rule is still open for comments until April 24, 2017. If you'd like to find out more and/or provide your comments, here is the link:
    Thank you, Laurie Calkins, Happy I.T. Solutions, LLC, and Mark Smith, CPI Group, for mentioning this.
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  • 15 Mar 2017 21:38 | ALBERT R Renteria
    Val, excellent recommendation on creating the DLOE to include all parts and upload to each section. Al
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    • 16 Mar 2017 09:15 | Albert Whale, CEH CHS CISA CISSP
      My company is CVE - VOSB (still working on the SDVOSB portion). I logged onto the portal available at: (after calling in for a password reset).

      The support professional found that while my CVE doesn't expire until Sept 22, 2017, that on March 21st, everyone with an active certification will receive an automatic one year extension.

      I think that this is plenty of time for me to complete the SDVOB process. I am expecting the HUBZone certification to be completed shortly. All of the paperwork necessary for that processing was submitted by Monica at Cloveer, another organization which I would recommend. Please tell them that I sent you. (who knows, if enough people are interested, perhaps we can get a group discount??).
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      • 17 Mar 2017 07:26 | Albert R. Renteria
        Albert, thanks and ask Monica to join our charter corporate sponsor opportunity. She will enjoy great exposure and show her support for our members. Semper Fi Al
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  • 19 Mar 2017 13:28 | Valerie Ormond
    And this just in from Randall Eckhardt,
    Anyone still verified as of 3/21 has been granted an extension for one more year. See the memorandum at this link:

    Thank you, Randall!
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