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Welcome to the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU) VetBiz web site!  This site provides information about the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) efforts to verify Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs) and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs).  SDVOSBs and VOSBs who want to participate in the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program must be verified by CVE in order to be eligible for VA contract set-asides.

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What is Verification?

Verification is the process that SDVOSBs and VOSBs must undergo in order to qualify for VA set-asides.  This process is managed by CVE.

Learn more about Verification

Pre-Determination…another chance to get verified!

Pre-Determination helps businesses who are on the verge of denial by giving them a chance to correct issues with their application.

Learn more about Pre-Determination

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What is Verification Renewal?

Verification renewal is the process for previously verified companies.  Companies whose two-year eligibility is close to expiring can resubmit their application without having to go through a full document review.

Learn more about Verification Renewal

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VA Moves Against Fraudulent Firms

The VA Office of Inspector General is committed to protecting the rights of the Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneur community by vigorously investigating and seeking prosecution of those who deprive these veterans who have earned the right to set-aside government contracts.  Report fraud to VA OIG’s Hotline.

Learn more about Verification fraud prosecutions

FOIA Policy

Veteran's concerns regarding the possible FOIA release of information receieved from them as part of their verification application.

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Verification Assistance Program

VA has developed the Verification Assistance Program to help Veterans understand the Verification policy and process.  The goal of the program is to reduce the risk of denial due to lack of understanding and misinterpretation of the regulation.

Learn more about Verification Assistance

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Fact Sheets

  • How Outside Employment May Affect an Application Factsheet - All firms applying for verification must be controlled by one or more Veterans or Service-Disabled Veterans who possess requisite management capabilities and devote sustained and significant time to the business during normal working hours. Outside employment may affect the verification application and eligibility process if it is not adequately addressed.
  • Information Needed in a Resume Factsheet - The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) outlines elements and information needed in resumes in support of a firm's verification application.
  • Entities Using 'Vet-Biz' or a Similiar Moniker Factsheet - An overview of the Re-verification process including verification expiration reminders.
  • Expiration Notification and Steps to Re-verify CVE Helping You - An overview of the Re-verification process including verification expiration reminders.
  • The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) - Explains DUNS number requirements with respect to the CVE Verification Program.
  • Surviving Spouses Options - Outline options for surviving spouses regarding maintaining or forfeiting the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) VetBiz VIP verification status in the event of death of a veteran owner.
  • Revised Terms - The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) has provided clarification relating to the different terms used during the Verification process to describe documentation that may be requested during the verification process. This includes the type of documentation and when it becomes necessary to request a particular document.
  • Reporting Fraud - The Center for Verification and Evaluation's (CVE) preferred method for reporting suspected Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and/or Veteran-Owned Small Business fraud is to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.
  • Change in Business Structure - Does a company’s change in business structure affect its Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) Number and its Vendor Information Pages (VIP) profile?
  • Doing Business As (DBA) Process Change Requests - There has been additional clarification and direction regarding the NAICS Code submission process within CVE.
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code Submission Requests - Special provisions in the verification process for a service-disabled Veteran owner who is permanently and severely disabled with regard to the role a spouse can play in the daily activities of the business.
  • Severely Disabled Veterans - Special provisions in the verification process for a service-disabled Veteran owner who is permanently and severely disabled with regard to the role a spouse can play in the daily activities of the business.
  • Site Visit - CVE protects the integrity and validity of VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program by conducting a Risk Mitigation Program.  Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) listed in VIP are part of an elite group and CVE protects the Veteran advantage by making sure these companies remain eligible for the Veterans First Program by performing Pre- and Post-Verification Site Visits.
  • Submitting Documents in English - During the verification process, documents must be submitted in English.
  • Verification Renewal Process - Companies verified by the CVE receive an additional two (2) years of eligibility through the Renewal process.