VA begins set-asides for disabled vets.The Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs is a term of the business that deals with the relation between a government and its veteran communities, usually administered by the designated government agency. has become the first to implement the new set-aside Set-aside
A percentage of a municipal or corporate bond underwriting that is allocated for handling by a minority-owned broker/dealer firm. program for small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.
In a Feb. 24 letter to VA managers, C. Ford Heard, director of the department's Acquisition Resources Service, spelled out procedures for using the new preference. "We strongly encourage you to use the above authority to increase acquisitions made from SDVOSBs," he wrote.
He instructed contracting officers A US military officer or civilian employee who has a valid appointment as a contracting officer under the provisions of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The individual has the authority to enter into and administer contracts and determinations as well as findings about such contracts. to use the department's registry The configuration database in all 32-bit versions of Windows that contains settings for the hardware and software in the PC it is installed in. The Registry is made up of the SYSTEM.DAT and USER.DAT files. Many settings previously stored in the WIN.INI and SYSTEM. of veteran-owned businesses, at www.vetbiz.gov See .gov and GovNet.
(networking) gov - The top-level domain for US government bodies. , as their primary market research tool to locate qualified contractors. (For more on vetbiz.com, see Web Watch, p, 3.)
Other agencies are likely to wait until the Small Business Administration issues a rule implementing the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003, which was signed by President Bush Dec. 16.
Set-asides and sole-source awards are limited to $3 million, or $5 million for manufacturers.
Congress has established a governmentwide goal of awarding 3% of prime contract dollars to service-disabled-veteran-owned companies, but the government has never achieved even one-quarter of 1%.