Growing Call for SBA Control Over Vets First Program
A bill brought before the House of Representatives last summer may soon bring significant changes to the Vets First Program. The 2013 Improving Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Act, which was introduced in July 2013 by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), calls for the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) to take over control and administration of the Vets First Program from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”). This transfer of control would include the responsibility for verification of service disability. Under the Vets First Program, the VA issues set-aside government contracts to eligible Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small. Read More.