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VA's Anti-Fraud Efforts Squeeze Out Some Who Are Eligible

WASHINGTON, DC - September 3, 2013 -The Department of Veterans Affairs has tried so hard to weed fraud from the ranks of disabled-veteran-owned businesses that many legitimate firms have been turned away in the past 10 years, leaving hundreds of federal contracts - and more than $150 million - to go to non-veteran companies. The contracts, with earning potential valued at more than $1 billion when issued, were reclassified for non-veteran companies.

Full Story: VA FRAUD

Kickbacks to VA Official Aided Firm Claiming Disabled Veterans Preference

WASHINGTON, DC - September 20, 2013 - A Department of Veterans Affairs contracting officer accepted nearly $1.3 million in kickbacks to steer construction work to a company falsely claiming a bidding preference reserved for service-disabled veterans. The preference program for SDVOSBs is meant to give an edge in federal contracting to companies owned and operated by veterans with a service-connected disability.

Full Story: VA KICKBACKS

Disabled Vets Businesses find Getting Government Contracts a Chore

PHILADELPHIA, PA - May 27, 2012 - They were 12 hairy years in Sherman Barton’s life. The Burlington County, N.J., resident worked in military intelligence for the U.S. Army in Germany and Italy from 1972 to 1984, getting shot three separate times while hunting terrorists, he said.

Even with laws and a presidential executive order in place to help steer government work to Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, or SDVOSBs, Barton said he has found the opportunities maddeningly few and the process for securing such work too slow and unreliable on which to build a business. 

Full Story: Small Business Contracts

Report says Billions in Federal Small-Business Contracts Go To Large Firms

Each year, the government attempts to award at least 23 percent of all federal contracts to small businesses. But new research from the American Small Business League (ASBL) shows that 72 large companies received $16.4 billion in federal small-business contracts, which the group attributes to a combination of policy loopholes, human error and mis-categorization.

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VA’s ‘VetsFirst’ Policy Under Attack

The U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Bill Johnson, (R-OH) Chair), heard testimony from several government officials regarding Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and procurement priority at a joint hearing. Lawmakers were troubled by the VA’s implementation of Public Law 109-461 and its adherence to the 2006 federal statute.

Read more here: VetsFirst

Veteran-Owned Suppliers May Gain $3 Billion from VA Griddle Fight

A dispute over the U.S. government’s attempt to buy three griddles, a food slicer and a skillet may result in as much as $3 billion in additional federal spending each year with companies owned by veterans.

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