We will immediately comply….. if we can find you without looking too hard

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I believe we can overcome this perception with more extensive market research. This means market research must consist of more than merely finding firms in a particular industry code listed in the System for Award Management. Contracting offices can make better use of Requests for Information, or RFIs, for data-driven decision making. Additionally, program offices need to meet with procurement-ready VOSBs to understand their capabilities and what they are already accomplishing.

Learning about innovative, new technologies will help program offices define their requirements in delivering services to Veterans. VA also will seek to improve our capacity to retain and share market research for recurring requirements, consistent with acquisition restrictions and protection of proprietary business information.

Accordingly, the Court’s decision is an opportunity for VA to improve our best practices. We understand that work is needed in this area. In the days and weeks ahead, we will scrutinize and adapt our policies, while keeping vital procurements moving forward. VA can also make a quantum improvement to our engagement with small business, especially VOSBs and SDVOSBs, by strengthening our market research.

Doing so is consistent with Secretary McDonald’s MyVA transformation plan that puts the needs, expectations and interests of Veterans first. In this case, embracing the Court’s decision in Kingdowmware, improves the Veteran experience, both as Veteran small business owners and as Veteran customers receiving the health care and benefits they have earned and deserve.

Mr. Chairman, this concludes my testimony. I am pleased to answer any questions you or the other Members of the Committee may have.