Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOB/SDVOB)


The Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 allows Federal contracting officers to restrict competition to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), and award a sole source or set-aside contract where certain criteria are met. Public Law (P.L.) 109-461 gives the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) authority to give additional preferences in contracting with Veteran and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

For non-VA contracts, SDVOSBs may self-certify their status by completing the Representations and Certifications in SAM, or by completing a questionnaire sent by a prime contractor. The business’s SAM registration and Small Business Profile (aka Dynamic Small Business Search) registration should also reflect the Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business status.

Veteran-Owned and SDVOSBs wishing to benefit from the VA’s unique contracting authority must register with the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) and agree to have their Veteran or Service Disabled Veteran status verified by the VA.

Guide to the process

Verification Program Leaflet dated 3.17.2021

Watch the latest Virginia PTAC Webinar on CVE certification process

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