CVE will cease accepting new applications for verification or reverification in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) Portal on Monday, October 24, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time to implement the transfer of the verification function from VA to the Small Business Administration (SBA). Applications must be submitted as of October 24, 2022. Initiating an application is not sufficient to meet this deadline. Submitting change requests will still be permitted. The change affects only the receipt of new or reverification applications as of October 24, 2022.
Read more on CVE’s Frequently Asked Questions page here: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/faqs/veteran-business-certification-changes.asp
Review the most up to date information on the grace period for those who are self-certified SDVOSB in SAM in this Memorandum from 9/23/2022: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/docs/memorandum-guidance-for-self-certified-sdvosbs-concerning-transfer-of-verification-function-to-sba-20220923.pdf and on this SBA Press release from 11/3/2022: https://www.sba.gov/article/2022/nov/03/administrator-guzman-announces-path-forward-veteran-small-business-certification-program?fbclid=IwAR34FLk80wCIaLJyCBdKCI_4AVbondjGYFdMNqYAtp5usgU7otJaptXqCFI
Please review the latest message from Small Business Administration (SBA) to Veteran-Owned Businesses and Stakeholders regarding the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation Transfer (CVE) from VA to SBA:
Dear Veteran-Owned Businesses and Stakeholders,
We are one month closer to the transfer of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) to the SBA. Effective January 1, 2023, all functions of the CVE will be managed by the SBA.
As we near the transfer date, please review the following scenarios and take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition:
- If you are a self-certified SDVOSB and you are currently doing business with the government or you’re interested in pursuing work with the government in the near future, you will need to become certified in order to do business with the government once the transfer is effective on Jan. 1, 2023. Please consider getting certified through the VA now. Your VA certification will then transfer over to the SBA on Jan. 1, 2023. If not, you will have a one-year grace period after the transfer date to become certified through the SBA. Please start the VA process here: https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/
- Example: Linda runs a self-certified SDVOSB. Linda should consider getting certified now through the VA or otherwise she will need to become certified through the SBA after Jan. 1, 2023. She can keep her contract through the period of performance but if she wants to compete for sole source and set-aside contracts with the government in the future then she will need to be certified through the SBA.
- If you are a VOSB or SDVOSB certified through the VA and your certification is within 120 days from expiration between now and December 2022, please recertify with the VA now before the transfer is complete. Follow instructions provided in reminder emails from the VA.
- Example: Stacey owns a VOSB, and her VA certification expires in December 2022. Stacey should follow the steps provided in the notification/reminder email from the VA and recertify through the VA now before the transfer. Her certification will then transfer over to the SBA effective Jan. 1, 2023.
- If you are a VOSB or SDVOSB certified through the VA and you’re not up for recertification soon, no action is required. Your status will transfer to the SBA.
- Example: John owns a VOSB, and his business is certified through the VA through 2024. John’s certification status will transfer over to the SBA, and he does not need to take any steps at this time before the transfer.
Lastly, please join us for the next public briefing on the CVE transfer which will take place during the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET. To join the meeting from your computer, go to https://bit.ly/JuneACVBA or dial-in by phone at 202-765-1264 and enter code 147 026 343#.
Office of Veterans Business Development U.S. Small Business Administration
Jerry Baigis, owner of JR Landworks, LLC out of Marshall, Virginia, performs integrated land and vegetation management to promote desirable, stable, low-growing plant communities that will resist invasion by tall growing tree species. JR Landworks has completed rights-of-way clearing work for water & sewer authorities, natural gas providers, commercial developers, wetland remediation contractors, large farm operators, and others.
In seeking to expand his government client portfolio, Jerry approached Virginia PTAC for assistance in obtaining his status with the Vets First Verification Program as a VA certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB). Virginia PTAC counselor Daryl Corley worked closely with Jerry to ensure he was successful in receiving approval from the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) and also counseled him on RFQs and other available resources to assist him in pursuit of submitting successful bids. Jerry knew he wanted to locate the most relevant bids for his company to compete and subsequently subscribed to the Virginia PTAC Bid Match Service. With the assistance of PTAC staff, he tailored his Bid Match profile to receive those solicitations most closely aligned to the work by adding keywords and checking his search parameters to add missing PSC categories when the results were too narrow in comparison to his eVA search results.
After successfully modifying his search profile, the client was able to bid on and win a contract with the Department of Army for Forestry Management Services at the Army’s Adelphi (Maryland) Laboratory Center (ALC) and Blossom Point Research Facility (BPRF) at Welcome, Maryland with the face value of $659,809. Congratulations to our client Jerry Baigis on his win and best wishes for additional success in the future!
Adapted from the announcement sent by CVE to PTAC counselors and of special interest to any CVE applicants or renewals now through late June 2018: VIP Enhancement and 30-Day Suspension Notice
1. On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) began the rollout of the new Vendor Information Pages (VIP) to support the Vets First Verification Program. OSDBU and CVE are committed to improving customer service and the overall Verification experience. The enhanced VIP will enable OSDBU to manage all aspects of the Vets First Verification Program more effectively, and improve the online experience of Veterans.
2. On May 21, 2018, CVE will suspend incoming case applications to facilitate the transition to the new case VIP interface. The suspension of incoming cases will last for approximately thirty (30) days and include both new applications and reverifications. CVE will continue processing previously submitted applications during the suspension period. As such, any applicants (Veteran businesses) that desire to have their applications begin the verification process before the suspension start date, should strongly consider submitting their applications to VIP prior to May 21, 2018.
3. Major VIP enhancements include:
- Single Sign-On login process – You must have a DS Logon (Veterans) or create an ID.me Account (Non-Veterans and Representatives) to access the re-designed VIP
o Enrollment in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) is required to obtain a DS Logon
o DS Logon and ID.me account access instructions are attached DS Logon and ID.me Account Instructions
- System for Award Management (SAM) registration and Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) validation:
o Automatic when the user inputs the DUNS
o Elimination of Veteran frustration when submitting applications with incorrect DUNS or incomplete SAM registration
- New user specific dashboard capabilities and Veteran process enhancements:
o Easier to upload individual and business tax returns
o Ability to upload or create resume
o Easier to sign VA Form 0877
o Ability to designate a representative to serve as proxy for only specific designated owners
o Ability to track all verification application information in one unified location/view
o Ability to submit and track the status of Help Tickets
o New calendar capability to view appointments with Case Analysts
o Ability to automatically request/receive ten-day extensions for most document requests (not including risk, status protest or cancellation related requests)
o Application audit submission feature identifying outstanding tasks requiring completion prior to submission