819.201 General policy.

(a) It is the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) policy that small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans shall have maximum practicable opportunity to participate in VA acquisitions, consistent with efficient contract performance and the priorities and preferences established under 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128.

(1) To carry out this policy the Secretary establishes annual goals for servicedisabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small business (VOSB) participation in VA contracting. The VA SDVOSB goal shall be no less than the government-wide goal for SDVOSBs.

(2) In support of these goals, each administration and staff office shall in turn establish annual goals for each subordinate contracting activity that present, for that activity, the maximum practicable opportunity for small business concerns, and particularly SDVOSBs/VOSBs, to participate in the performance of the activity’s contracts and subcontracts.

(3) The attainment of these goals or the use of interagency acquisition vehicles does not limit the applicability of the Veterans First Contracting Program and priorities in subpart 819.70.

(b) Each Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) shall develop, in coordination with the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), an annual small business operating plan to increase the share of contracts and purchase orders awarded under the small business programs prescribed in FAR Part 19 and this part. The HCA shall also ensure that an annual procurement forecast of contracting opportunity is developed pursuant to Section 501 of Public Law 100-656.

(c) In addition to the duties and responsibilities in FAR 19.201(c), the OSDBU Director is also responsible for the implementation of the Veterans First Contracting Program in subpart 819.70.

(d) Each organization with contracting authority shall designate small business specialists/technical advisors in coordination with the OSDBU Director.