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Double Talk and P.L. 109-461

We are a wake up from the 8th Annual National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo in Detroit.  While I am admittedly excited about attending the conference again this year, I am also not interested in more “double talk” from the very organization that is, because we are. 

My American Heritage Dictionary defines “double talk” as ambiguous or evasive language.  In the case of the VA’s position on P.L. 109-461, our use of the phrase “double talk” is most appropriate.  For those of us new to Government Contracting, P. L. 109-461 is the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which gives priority in contracting with the VA to SDVOSBs and VOSBs.

Michael Franks, the Grammy award winning lyrical genius describes “Double Talk” like this.  Every time I asked you to be truthful you lied | And when I lost my temper you cried | Crocodile tears and spoke double talk | It’s the same old alibis and stories again | All you ever give me is double talk.  You’re so jive – sometimes I think your brain was mislaid | You’ve broken every promise you made | You ought to see a doctor for double talk.   

If the very organization that is, because we are refuses to honor and obey P.L. 109-461 and makes it increasingly difficult to get our businesses verified, how are we to compete successfully for contract awards?  Hundreds, if not thousands of Veterans are losing business and many others have gone out of business because of the ineptitude in which the VIP program is managed and administered.  There has to be a better solution.  What are your thoughts?

 

See you on the high ground!  

 

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Deliverables from the National Veterans Conference

This time next week, many of us will be preparing to leave home en route to Detroit, others of us will already be there.  We’ve waited a full year for the National Veterans Conference and its almost here again!  Can you feel the excitement and the anticipation?  I’m ready to get started, how about you?

I’ve heard some people describe their attendance of the National Veterans Conference as old school week, a class reunion of sorts.  There is little doubt that many old friendships will be renewed and comrades from duty assignments long past will appear in the sea of conventioneers attending the conference next week.  I’m equally confident that many war and sports stories will also be told and retold during the week.

While everything just described can be wonderfully enjoyable experiences, they are not among the primary reasons we’ve chosen to once again attend the National Veterans Conference.  There are serious business issues that must be addressed and worked out so Veterans with Veteran-Owned Small Businesses can have resolution as we leave Detroit, go back home and continue to build and grow our businesses.

Among the top issues conveyed to me are; 1. The VA’s unwillingness to honor and support PL 109-461, the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, which gives priority to VOSBs in contracting with the VA, 2.  The seeming inability to register in the VIP database in a reasonable period of time and 3. The amount and type information requested for registration and verification.  The current process appears to be very subjective.

What are the Deliverables from the National Veterans Conference?  Let us know your thoughts.

 

See you on the high ground!

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