12 Sep '18, 8pm

Scoop by @starsandstripes @nikkiwentling

WASHINGTON — An effort to improve an online system that verifies veteran-owned small businesses and allows them to compete for government contracts has backfired, leading to delays and frustration for hundreds of companies, according to members of a committee who oversee the program. Veterans who own small businesses can get verified through the Department of Veterans Affairs, making them eligible for VA contracts and subcontracts. Every year, the VA spends about $3 billion on contracts for veteran-owned businesses. Without verification, veterans can’t compete for it. The process to get verified is lengthy and involves submitting proof-of-ownership documents through an online portal. In an attempt to make the online system more secure, the VA switched platforms this summer. First, the site went down altogether. Then, the new system was riddled with bugs. As of this week, v...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/va-process-to-verify-veteran...

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