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1st Announcement
 

Acquisition Policy
Flash! 16-16

 
 
Acquisition Policy

United States Supreme Court decision concerning the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) contracting program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (known as the Veterans First Contracting Program).

 

Purpose: This Acquisition Flash provides Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guidance regarding the Veterans First Contracting Program under VAAR subpart 819.70.

 
 

Effective Date: June 22, 2016

 

Expiration Date: In effect until incorporated into the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) or Veterans Affairs Acquisition Manual (VAAM) or otherwise rescinded.

 

Background: On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision on the Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) contracting program at the VA. Generally, in Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. v. United States, the Court ruled that consistent with Public Law 109-461 (38 U.S.C. 8127), VA must set aside procurements for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs or VOSBs) when a contracting officer has a reasonable expectation, based on market research, that two or more eligible firms are likely to submit competitive offers to meet the procurement requirements at a fair and reasonable price. This is known as the “Rule of Two.”

 

The Supreme Court’s major holdings were:

 
  • “…the Rule of Two contracting procedures in [38 U.S.C.] §8127(d) are not limited to those contracts necessary to fulfill the Secretary’s goals under §8127(a).”
  • “We also hold that [38 U.S.C.] §8127(d) applies to orders placed under the [Federal Supply Schedules] FSS.”
 

The Department is developing procedures for consistent execution of the Supreme Court’s decision. VA will implement the Supreme Court’s ruling in every context where the law applies. VA seeks to ensure the Department can effectively procure goods and services for Veterans in a timely manner while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and meeting legal requirements.

Interim guidance concerning the impact from the Supreme Court ruling is provided below. Additional policy and guidance will be provided via a Procurement Policy Memorandum and Class Deviation to be issued at a later date.

 

For More Details See:

http://www.va.gov/oal/business/pps/flash16-16.asp

 
2nd Announcement
 

VA OSDBU Launches Tool for Market Research

 

AUGUST 7, 2016 BY HARDY STONE

 

United States Supreme Court decision concerning the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) contracting program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (known as the Veterans First Contracting Program).

From: VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2016 1:33 AM

Subj: VA OSDBU Launches Tool for Market Research

va osdbu
 

Issue:The VA Business Intelligence Tool (VA BIT) is a new, web-based tool that connects businesses to procurement officials, program managers, and contracting officers in VA, other federal agencies, and in the commercial sector, who have procurement opportunities.

Discussion:VA BIT helps you to leverage your status as a VA verified firm. We encourage VA procurement officials to use VA BIT as an important part of market research in an effort to identify verified VOSBs capable of meeting their procurement needs. Your VA BIT profile enables potential customers to quickly identify VOSB capabilities and enables VA to create events that directly engage with procurement officials and commercial customers to increase your chances of winning procurement contracts.

Completing your VA BIT profile enhances, but does not replace your profile in VIP. The required information in VIP is exported to VA BIT so that you do not have to re-enter that data. By creating your profile in VA BIT, you become visible to VA procurement staff conducting market research for their procurement needs and they become visible to you. You can also see what VA Direct Access Program events they have registered for so you know where you can connect directly to them.

 

VA BIT Key Features:

 
  • Enable procurement ready VOSBs to find opportunities for which they have relevant capabilities
  • Provides a searchable database of Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs), Contracting Officers, and Organizations
  • Provide a searchable database that enables PDMs to identify compatible VOSBs as part of their market research
  • Facilitates compatibility determination based on buyer-defined compatibility attributes of VOSBs and requirements
  • Facilitates creation of VA Direct Access Program (DAP) events that connect VOSBs with relevant opportunities
  • Facilitates DAP event registration

Access the VA Bit platform at http://www.VABIT.biz.

 

Visit http://www.va.gov/osdbu for more information about VA OSDBU.

 

VA OSDBU Help Desk

 

866–584–2344

 

Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST)

 

OSDBU@va.gov

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