Army Office of Small Business Programs
Veteran-Owned /
Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business

Mr. James C. Lloyd
Program Manager

The Department of Army is committed to expanding opportunities for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Serviced-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB/SDVOSB) to compete for prime and subcontracting contracting opportunities within the Army acquisition process. As VO/SDVOSBs expand their capabilities, they also increase their ability to help fulfil the Army priorities of Readiness, Modernization and Reform in support of the Warfighter. The SDVOSB program gives procuring activities the authority to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. Sole-source awards can be awarded if certain conditions are met.

 

The other objectives of the program include achieving the government-wide three-percent goal of total prime and subcontract awards to SDVOSB, supporting the growth of VOSB/SDVOSB firms through outreach and technical assistance, and establishing procedures for collecting data on prime and subcontract awards to VOSB/SDVOSB concerns.


Strategic Plan for Increasing Opportunities for VOSB/SDVSOBs
 

The Office of Small Business Programs has a six-component strategic plan to increase contracting opportunities for SDVOSBs:

  • Increase the SDVOSB base by identifying and developing companies that possess the capability and capacity to meet the full spectrum of Army acquisition requirements.
  • Increase sole source and restricted competition contracting opportunities for SDVOSBs through extensive market research and innovative acquisition strategies.
  • Educate Army leadership, acquisition professionals, and SDVOSBs through a modular, turn key training program that utilizes state of the art delivery methods.
  • Maintain strategic partnering relationships with DoD/ODA organizations, Federal Agencies and VSOs.
  • Leverage all small business programs to maximize contracting opportunities for SDVOSBs.
  • Foster prime and subcontracting opportunities through joint ventures and teaming arrangements.

Strategies for Increasing Opportunities for VOSB/SDVSOBs

The Army developed a team to train our acquisition professionals on the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003, which established a procurement program for small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans. The concept is to provide our contracting officers with detailed information about the law and to address specific questions and issues. We also want to introduce them to available resources.

Through Oak Grove Software, a SDVOSB, the Army Office of Small Business Programs developed a training presentation that is posted on the office website. DefenseAcquisitionUniversity (DAU) is using the presentation as a model for developing an SDVOSB training module for acquisition professionals.


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