Becoming Verified Under the Department of Veterans Affairs As a Certified Veteran Enterprise

CSA Federal Government Contracts Management Newsletter

Does your company currently do business with the US Department of Veteran Affairs or plan to do so in the future? If so, your firm may greatly increase its chances at winning a contract with the VA if it is eligible for verification by the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE).

To be eligible for CVE verification, your firm must be registered as either a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) with the Small Business Administration. If listed as either, you may apply for CVE verification by completing a single standard VA form and declaring your eligibility. After the form has been submitted to the VA, you will receive instructions for an on-site audit at your facility to be completed by the VA. Documents for the audit include having your company’s financial statements and federal government contracting documents ready for review. The VA will make a final determination of your company’s eligibility for CVE verification and if granted, will send you a certificate and the CVE logo for use on your marketing materials. This process roughly takes 90 days and the VA requires recertification each year for a company to retain its CVE verification.

Upon receiving verification, your company will be added to the verified Veteran business database at thereby enabling you the opportunity to compete for VA contracts under the Veterans First Contracting Program. The Veterans First Contracting Program places contracting preferences with Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) in satisfying the VA’s acquisition requirements. This program also allows sole source contracts over the Simplified Acquisition Threshold up to $5,000,000 and implements restricted competition via Set-Aside Procedures for each category of VOSB and SDVOSB. The program allows additional credit evaluation factors for VOSB or SDVOSB status and authorizes large VA prime contractors to obtain subcontracting credit for using VOSBs and SDVOSBs in their prime contracts only when they subcontract with verified firms in the Vendor Information Pages.

To find out more about how your firm may obtain CVE verification, request assistance in preparing for a CVE application and audit or if you have any questions pertaining to the management of your federal contracts, please contact CSA at