VA Withdraws Proposed Veteran-Owned Small Business Rules

On September 1, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) withdrew its proposed revised rules which are codified at 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 74. This regulation covers “Veterans’ Small Business Regulations” which are administered by the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE). The reason given for withdrawing the proposed rule was “(b)ecause of the adverse comments received during the comment period…” Of particular concern are the “disconnects” between the Small Business Administration’s regulations and the CVE requirements to include the impact on current small business contract holders who grow large during the period of performance. We are hoping that VA and the SBA can craft rules which are fair and consistent with each other. We will keep you informed. The Federal Register Notice can be found at