Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOSB)
Patriot LLC (Patriot) is designated as a “verified” Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Initially, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-50) established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans. Secondly, the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 (PL 108-183) established a 3% SDVOSB goal across all federal agencies and furnished federal agencies with discretionary authority to create “set-aside” and “sole-source” contracts for Companies owned and operated by Disabled Veterans, up to $5 million for manufacturing contract awards and up to $3 million for non- manufacturing contract awards.
Verification – http://www.vetbiz.gov
Thirdly, the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verifies Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDBOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). SDVOSBs and VOSBs who want to participate in the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program must be verified by CVE in order to be eligible for VA contract set-asides. This process is managed by CVE.
Purpose of the SDVOSBC Program
The purpose of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Procurement Program is to provide procuring agencies with the authority to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns, as well as the authority to make sole source awards to service-disabled veteran-owned small business concerns if certain conditions are met. (See Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 13 C.F.R. § 125.8-125.10).
In order to be eligible for the SDVOSBC, you and your business must meet the following criteria:
- The Service Disabled Veteran (SDV) must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense
- The SDVOSBC must be small under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement
- The SDV must unconditionally own 51% of the SDVOSBC
- The SDVO must control the management and daily operations of the SDVOSBC
- The SDV must hold the highest officer position in the SDVOSBC
Set Aside Requirements and Exemptions
A Contracting Officer (CO) may set-aside requirements if:
- The requirement is not exempted from SDVO contracting, the CO considers setting aside the requirement for 8(a), HUBZone, or SDVO SBC participation before considering setting aside the requirement as a small business set-aside.
- There is a reasonable expectation that at least two responsible SDVO SBC will submit offers; and
- The award can be made at a fair market price.
Sole Source Contracts
A CO may award a sole source contract if:
- If the requirement is not exempted from SDVO contracting and cannot be set-aside.
- The CO does not have a reasonable expectation that at least two responsible SDVO SBCs will submit offers.
- The anticipated award price of the contract, including options, will not exceed:
- $5.0M for manufacturing requirements
- $3.0M for all other requirements
- Award can be made at a fair market price.
Simplified Acquisition Threshold
If the requirement is at or below the simplified acquisition threshold, the CO may set-aside the requirement for consideration among SDVOSBCs using simplified acquisition procedures or may award a sole source contract to a SDVOSBC. A sole source award is only permissible where there is only one SDVO SBC that perform the contract in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulations § 19.406 (a)(3).
Additional information and details on how to award contracts to SDVOSB’s can be found at http://www.sba.gov/sdvosb
State of Maryland Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE / Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)Program – Patriot LLC DBE/MBE #06-084
NOTE: Patriot LLC was the first Companies in Maryland’s to apply for, be recognized as a DBE/MBE based upon being a owned by a service-connected disabled Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
The Maryland DBE/MBE Program provides that socially and economically disadvantaged small business owners are included in the State’s procurement and contracting opportunities. Current Maryland regulations direct all State agencies towards the goal awarding an overall minimum goal of 29% of the total dollar value of their procurement contracts directly (prime contractors) or indirectly (subcontractors) to certified DBE/MBE firms during fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Maryland’s DBE/MBE Program is well recognized as a national model for disadvantaged and minority inclusion in State procurement and contracting.
Additionally, Firms with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification may meet minority business participation goals on federally-funded contracts issued by the U. S. Department of Transportation which include contracts administered by the Maryland Aviation Administration, the Maryland State Highway Administration and the Maryland Mass Transit Administration.
Additional Information on Maryland’s DBE/MBE Program can be found at: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/