By Stephanie Scott
If you are a veteran owned business competing in the federal marketplace, it’s likely that you’ve heard complaints and horror stories about the VA Center for Verification and Evaluation verification, required to leverage veteran and service disabled veteran owned small businesses status with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and Federal Aviation Administration.
In my role as a VA Certified Verification Assistance Program Counselor with the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center, I’ve found that investing time on the front end to understand how the VA will evaluate your business and prepare prior to applying will simplify all phases of the application process as well as significantly decrease the likelihood of receiving a denial. Avoiding a denial is always my goal when working with veteran clients because firms denied CVE Verification must wait 6 months to reapply, which can be a lifetime in the world of federal contracting. I encourage veteran business owners to assess the trade off of being shut out of set aside and subcontracting opportunities for 6+ months versus taking the time to adequately inform and prepare themselves to apply. Read more