SD/VOSB Kingdomware Decision Ramifications for VA Suppliers
Supreme Court Decision
The Kingdomware Decision basically clarified that all VA purchases must be set aside for competition among veteran-owned small businesses. This occurs if a contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that two or more small businesses owned and controlled by veterans will submit offers that justify an award can be made at a fair and reasonable price, also known as the “rule of two”.
VA Policy Change
The VA now internally has a policy of going into the VIP database to search for available veteran-owned firms from which to request a bid. This is now procedurally done as part of VA procurements and Veteran Owned firms are then contacted and invited to bid in order to meet the “rule of two” requirements.
Federal Supply Schedules
When the VA is purchasing from Federal Supply Schedules such as FSS or GSA Schedule they must also follow this same procedure.
There is currently a 3,000 firm backlog trying to get the SDVOSB and VOSB Certifications (Jan 2017). This is building the queue and evaluation time for firms attempting to obtain these certifications, as they are now much more valuable than prior to the Kingdomware decision. (Opps4Vets emphasis)
Excerpt from original post by: Robin James, ez8a, Tel: 859-442-1050; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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