6) For all new competitive requirements:
a) The contracting officer will review the VIP database to determine if two or more verified SDVOSBs/VOSBs are listed in the NAICS code assigned to the acquisition and are capable of performing the requirements.
b) Appropriate market research shall be further conducted and documented to determine if the SDVOSBs/VOSBs identified are qualified and capable of performing the requirement(s) at fair and reasonable prices.
c) Document results on the VA Form 2268, as well as any required Acquisition Plan and Market Research Report as required by FAR part 7, 10, and VAAR part 807, VAAR part 810, and agency guidance.
d) If the procurement is not set aside for SDVOSBs or VOSBs in accordance with the contracting order of priority as set forth in VAAR 819.7004, submit the VA Form 2268 for review and approval in accordance with the latest OSDBU Small Business Procurement Review Program Policy memorandum.
e) If two or more verified VOSBs are awardees on an existing BPA, Federal Supply Schedule, or existing multiple award IDIQ, the contracting officer may consider setting the procurement aside using that vehicle or other contract vehicles where two or more verified VOSBs are awardees.
f) Ensure the solicitation includes the requirement for offerors to be listed as verified in VIP. Evaluation criteria should clearly indicate that unverified SDVOSBs or VOSBs will be considered non-responsive to the requirements of the solicitation. Offers from unverified SDVOSBs or VOSBs are considered deficient and will not be evaluated. Supporting documentation must be maintained in the contract file in eCMS.