作为 CX 改革的一部分,SBA 从 VA 接管了对兽医拥有的小型企业的认证

小企业管理局将在新的一年开展一项重大项目——证明希望竞争联邦政府合同的小企业的退伍军人所有地位。

从 1 月 9 日开始,SBA 开始接受通过其老牌小型企业认证 (VetCert) 计划对新的老牌小型企业进行认证的申请。

根据 2021 财年国防授权法案的要求,该机构正在从退伍军人事务部接管这项工作。

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小企业管理局将在新的一年开展一项重大项目——证明希望竞争联邦政府合同的小企业的退伍军人所有地位。

从 1 月 9 日开始,SBA 开始接受通过其老牌小型企业认证 (VetCert) 计划对新的老牌小型企业进行认证的申请。

根据 2021 财年国防授权法案的要求,该机构正在从退伍军人事务部接管这项工作。

SBA 政府合同与业务发展办公室副主任拉里·斯图布尔菲尔德 (Larry Stubblefield) 表示,在 2021 财年 NDAA 之前,退伍军人拥有的小企业必须自我证明其地位才能竞争非 VA 合同。

“通过将责任移交给 SBA 并建立联邦政府范围的认证计划,我们正在采取措施终止联邦退伍军人合同中的自我认证,”Stubblefield 周一在接受采访时说。

SBA 的 VetCert 计划将作为政府范围内的中心来验证退伍军人拥有的小型企业 (VOSB) 和服务残疾的退伍军人拥有的小型企业 (SDVOSB) 的状态。

这两种分类都允许符合条件的供应商竞争单一来源和预留联邦合同。

经过认证的退伍军人拥有的小企业有资格在 VA 竞争单一来源和预留合同,而经过认证的服务残疾退伍军人拥有的小企业可以在政府范围内竞争单一来源和预留合同。

联邦机构在 2021 财年与 SDVOSB 的政府合同支出为 250 亿美元。

SBA 正在从 VA 迁移大约 220 万条记录以支持 VetCert 计划。但它也带来了处理这项工作的 VA 团队并扩大了它。

该机构聘请了 13 名前退伍军人事务部雇员,并额外雇用了 7 名雇员。它还带来了 50 多名以前在 VA 工作的承包商员工来处理申请处理和运营其呼叫中心。

SBA 选择不迁移 VA 的认证管理系统。相反,该机构正在将其所有认证和贷款计划带到一个名为 MySBA 的统一数字平台上。

“这是我们 SBA 的事情,我们知道我们必须这样做。当你从客户体验的角度考虑时,这是正确的做法,”Stubblefield 说。

VetCert is the first certification program built on the MySBA platform, which is expected to be fully operational by spring 2024. Stubblefield said SBA is looking at HUBZone certification as the second program to migrate onto the new platform.

“It’s going to allow them to come through a single portal — download their documents, register and then be able to access all of our programs on this single platform,” Stubblefield said.

By bringing all its programs onto a single platform, Stubblefield said eligible small businesses can apply for several certifications without having to resubmit information that SBA should already have on file.

“A veteran [small business] owner applies for a cert, maybe their women-owned small business certification. And the next year or two years down the road, they want to apply for their HUBZone certification,” Stubblefield said. “The outward appearance is that we’re operating [as] separate entities, separate offices, and this is going to unify all of our certification and lending programs.”

SBA held several listening sessions with the veteran community while developing the MySBA platform, and brought in veterans to observe how they navigate the system.

“This is a program we’ve developed that’s been informed by the veteran small business community every step of the way,” Stubblefield said.

SBA is looking at MySBA as an opportunity to get more veterans into federal contracting. About 21,000 veteran-owned small businesses are self-certified on the General Services Administration’s SAM.gov website.

“We’re looking to, through the use of technology and MySBA, increase those numbers and our pool of federal contractors,” Stubblefield said.

SBA is currently only handling certification applications for new veteran-owned small businesses.

SBA has granted a one-time, one-year extension to the current veteran small businesses verified by the Veterans Administration Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) as of Jan. 1, 2023.

SBA and VA said the VetCert program demonstrates the Biden administration’s commitment to improving customer experience in government through interagency cooperation.

“Small businesses owned by veterans are eligible for key benefits and well-deserved support because of their owners’ selfless service to our nation,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement. “Certification is a critical part of that process, and I encourage all eligible veterans to submit their verification applications to the Small Business Administration starting today.”

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said SBA’s new veteran small business certification program reflects the agency’s “commitment to deliver exceptional support for our skilled entrepreneurs from America’s military community.”

“支持这些获得政府合同的资深企业家将确保他们能够继续为美国人民提供有价值的服务,无论是在制造、零售、研发领域工作,还是帮助我们建设急需的基础设施以促进美国的长期增长、创造就业、和财富的创造,”古兹曼说。

Source: https://federalnewsnetwork.com/contracting/2023/01/sba-takes-over-work-certifying-vet-owned-small-businesses-from-va/

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