PART 802—DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS

PART 802—DEFINITIONS OF WORDS AND TERMS

802.101 Definitions.

***** Public Law (Pub. L.) 109-461 means the Veterans Benefits, Health Care and Information Technology Act of 2006, as amended and codified in 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128.

***** Service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) has the same meaning as service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern defined in FAR 2.101, except for acquisitions authorized by 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128 for the Veterans First Contracting Program. These businesses must be listed as verified in the VIP database. In addition, some of the SDVOSB businesses listed in the VIP database may be owned and controlled by a surviving spouse. See definition of surviving spouse in 802.101.

***** VA Rule of Two means the process in 38 U.S.C. 8127(d) whereby a contracting officer of the Department “shall award contracts on the basis of competition restricted to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans if the contracting officer has a reasonable expectation that two or more small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans will submit offers and that the award can be made at a fair and reasonable price that offers best value to the United States.” For purposes of this VA specific rule, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) or a veteran-owned small business (VOSB), must meet the eligibility requirements in 38 U.S.C. 8127(e), (f) and VAAR 819.7003 and be listed as verified in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database.

***** Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database means the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database at https://www.vip.vetbiz.gov. This site’s database lists businesses that the VA Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) has determined eligible for the Veterans First Contracting Program.

*****  Veterans First Contracting Program means the program authorized by 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128 (Pub. L. 109-461, as amended), implemented under subpart 819.70. This program applies to all VA contracts (see FAR 2.101 for the definition of contracts) including Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and orders against the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS), unless otherwise excluded by law.

***** Veteran-owned small business (VOSB) has the same meaning as veteran-owned small business concern defined in FAR 2.101, except for acquisitions authorized by 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128 for the Veterans First Contracting Program. These businesses must be listed as verified in the VIP database. A business whose SDVOSB status derives from ownership and control by a surviving spouse shall also be considered a VOSB.