The Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 allows Federal contracting officers to restrict competition to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), and award a sole source or set-aside contract where certain criteria are met. Certified veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) have additional opportunities to pursue sole-source and set-aside contracts at the Veterans Administration (VA) under the VA’s Vets First program.
Section 862 of the NDAA 2021 amended the VOSB/SDVOSB requirements to transfer responsibility for certification of VOSBs and SDVOSBs to the SBA as of January 1, 2023 and created a certification requirement at SBA for SDVOSBs seeking sole source and set-aside contracts across the Federal Government. SBA will implement the new Veteran Small Business Certification Program in a new 13 CFR part 128. Self-certified firms seeking these restricted-competition opportunities must apply to SBA for certification by December 31, 2023. Additional background and analysis can be found in the final rule here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/11/29/2022-25508/veteran-owned-small-business-and-service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-business-certification
Preparing for certification factsheet from SBA: Preparing-for-certification-VetCertFactSheet-508c Revised 11.2.2023
Website: Formerly vetbiz.gov, now https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/veteran-contracting-assistance-programs