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Offit Kurman Attorney Quoted in the Washington Business Journal About Veteran Owned Firms

Unequal ground: Vet-owned firms bemoan inconsistent agency guidelines

To some contractors’ chagrin, there are two sets of rules among federal agencies governing contract awards for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. On one end, there is the Department of Veterans Affairs way. Operating under a “veterans first” mandate outlined in the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, the VA subjects all service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses, or SDVOSBs, to an extensive, multistep verification process with the Center for Verification and Evaluation to ensure they are, in fact, eligible for those contract awards. “I think the primary reason that veteran-owned companies want to see some sort of verification is that it will greatly reduce the fraud,” said a principal at law firm Offit Kurman whose practice is in the area of government contracting. “If there’s more confidence on the government’s side that there’s less fraud, they’re more likely to set aside more contracts” for SDVOSBs.

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