It doesn’t matter if you are a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) or not. If you do business with VA, then it’s likely that the Veterans First Contracting Program affects you.
The Veterans First Contracting Program revolutionized the way the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spends nearly $20 billion annually for supplies and services when it began 11 years ago. Unfortunately, the initial implementation of this program left many wondering if “Veterans First” really did mean “Veterans First”. Many changes have come to the program over the years, and it was was ultimately challenged in the Courts and decided by the highest court in the land.
The Supreme Court of the United States cleared this matter up with a unanimous decision in the matter of Kingdomware Technologies vs. the United States. But is VA’s implementation consistent with the court’s ruling? Are “Veterans First” in VA procurements in light of the court’s June 16, 2016 decision?
Understanding this important program will allow those engaged in the VA marketplace to better target their marketing resources and determine strategies going forward.
This “Veterans First Contracting Program: After Kingdomware” webinar is designed to provide a complete update and understanding of the program in light of the Supreme Court Decision on Kingdomware Technologies vs. the United States, commonly referred to as “Kingdomware.” The webinar also presents in a logical manner all of the various procurement policy memoranda and Class Deviations issued by VA to the Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations (VAAR). These policies guide VA Contracting Officers in the conduct of VA procurements and the “Rule of Two” application. Attendees will also learn about changes and limitations placed on VA by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, limiting the Secretary’s authority and requiring VA uniformity with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in the definition of Service-Disabled Veteran and addresses status challenges to SDVOSB status. SBA’s final regulations on limitations on subcontracting will also be covered. Finally, we’ll also examine the implementation of VA’s Next Generation Med/Sur Prime Vendor Program and its potential impact on SDVOSBs and VOSBs.
Participants will also receive a statistical update on VA’s SDVOSB and VOSB spending, goals, and actual accomplishments.
- How VA implemented changes resulting from the Supreme Court Decision on Kingdomware
- The impact on VA’s socioeconomic procurement preference program in the SDVOSB and VOSB categories
- How the VA applies the “Rule of Two”
- How the Nonmanufacturer Rule applies to set-asides (and why SDVOSBs and VOSBs should be concerned about this rule)
- How recent changes in VA’s Med/Surg Prime Vendor Program can impact SDVOSBs and VOSBs
- Changes in VA’s procurement heirarchy for required sources of supply (mandatory and non-mandatory sources)
Who Should Attend:
- Anyone conducting or having procurement business interests with VA, whether or not an SDVOSB or VOSB should attend this webinar
- Small businesses not eligible for VA-verification as an SDVOSB and VOSB will have a better understanding of the VA Marketplace in light of the Kingdomware Decision, to determine whether VA is a viable marketplace to pursue
- Other than small (large) businesses will benefit from attending to learn how the Nonmanufacturer Rule applies in the set-aside of items manufactured by other than small business, but set-aside by VA for SDVOSBs and VOSBs
This webinar is expected run 90 minutes.
Course Number: GV61