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2012 National Veterans Conference; the Secretary Speaks

VBR, this year’s National Veterans Conference is in the books – stick a fork in it, it is done.  I have heard mixed reviews about this year’s conference.  Some flattering comments and some not so flattering comments.  Regardless of where you come down on the conference, one thing is for sure, news was made and communicated to the attendees.

During the Dining with Decision Makers Plenary Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, Mr. Eric Shinseki, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs made some potentially powerful statements about SDVOSBs and VOSBs contracting with the VA.  According to the General, not only will VA honor and obey P.L. 109-461, but this is how they will honor it:

  1. All potential awards not going to SDVOSBs or VOSBs must be reviewed and signed off by a senior executive before award is made.
  2. All potential Federal Supply Schedule awards not going to the same group must likewise be reviewed and signed off by a senior executive.
  3. The VIP Verification process will be and has been simplified.  There is now bi-annual re-verification of the VIP database and
  4. The VA Mentor Protégé Program has expanded from 25 to 50 agreements.

Mr. Shinseki actually made more declarative statements about the VA’s interactions with the Veteran business community, but these are 4 points that deserve special mention and attention.  These announcements can be game changers!  Or, they could just be more “Double Talk.”  What do you think?


See you on the high ground! 


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