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House Bill Seeks to Increase Contract Participation of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Reps. Neal Dunn (R-Florida) and Jimmy Paneta (D-California) have introduced a bill seeks to increase the number of service-disabled veteran-owned and veteran-owned small businesses represented on the General Services Administration‘s contracts.

The Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to work with GSA to provide SDVOSBs and VOSBs with contracting opportunities they are entitled to under the law, the office of Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tennessee) said Wednesday.

“This legislation will hold the VA accountable for seeking out veteran-owned small businesses for contracting opportunities as Congress intended,” said Dunn.

In 2016, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Kingdomware Technologies, an SDVOSB, that a VA contract must be a small business set-aside if there are more than two small businesses than can meet contract requirements, as mandated by the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006.

The bill seeks to address a loophole identified during the case and support the Supreme Court’s decision.

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