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Small Business Administration issues proposed rule on the determination of veteran-owned business ownership and control for the purposes of federal contracting

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to amend its regulations to implement provisions of The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 2017). The NDAA 2017 placed the responsibility for issuing regulations relating to ownership and control for the Department of Veterans Affairs verification of Veteran-Owned (VO) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) Small Business Concern (SBC) with the SBA. Pursuant to NDAA 2017, there will be one definition of ownership and control for these concerns, which will apply to the Department of Veterans Affairs in its verification and Vets First Contracting Program procurements, and all other government acquisitions which require self-certification. The legislation also provides that in certain circumstances a firm can qualify as VO or SDVO when there is a surviving spouse or an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).

  • The text of this proposed rule and additional information is available here.
     
  • Comments on this rule are due by March 30, 2018 and can be submitted here.
     
  • The text of a companion rule issued by VA and additional information is available here.
     
  • Advocacy contact: Major Clark  at 202-205-7150.
Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018