Report: Rick Weidman Calls on Congress to Sync VA, SBA Contracting Rules

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A top official at a veterans advocacy group believes Congress should standardize control of contracting rules between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Small Business Administration, Federal News Radio reports.

Rick Weidman, executive director for policy and government affairs for Vietnam Veterans of America, told the station SBA regulations allow businesses more flexibility compared to the VA’s rules.

The VA requires service-disabled veterans have unconditional control of decision making in their business when competing for contracts set aside for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

According to Ruben Gomez’s report, the VA is the only federal agency required to verify eligibility of service-disabled veteran-owned businesses for those set aside contracts.

Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations, is crafting legislation that would require the VA to modify its rule, Gomez reports.

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