The General Services Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered to help VA buyers identify verified veteran-owned small businesses on GSA’s VA Advantage online acquisition platform.
GSA said Monday VA Advantage will begin to show “VIP Verified Vendor” icons on products sold by veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses that are listed under VA’s “Verified Veteran Vendor” database.
Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding with the goal to increase VA’s use of set-aside contracts designed for SDVOSB and VOSB companies as part of the Veterans First Contracting Program.
Mary Davie, acting deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said the MOU seeks to make VIP veteran contractors more visible on VA Advantage.
Changes under the MoU will apply to all competitive VA contract activities such as actions conducted through GSA and VA’s Federal Supply Schedules.
VA Advantage offers department users access to market research tools; an ordering process for pharmaceutical and medical supplies; and products and services from thousands of VA- and GSA-approved vendors.