Jim Sechrist responds to the CVE “White Paper”
“Several days ago, I was asked to read and comment on a “White Paper” published by the VA CVE Office for FY 2014. I almost choked when I read it, especially page 4 of the Summary. It reads: “CVE has made great strides in improving the verification process and the service to veterans.”
This statement is true and false:
- There are more than 5000 firms registered as verified SDVOSB firms. That’s very difficult to believe;
- Several SDVOSB firms are registered twice as verified. Many have only one employee winning contracts worth millions of dollars. Others have minority owners controlling the SDVOSB firm.
- Many SDVOSB are registered as A & E firms but — on closer examination — are subcontracting 100% of the contract. This violates Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.219.14.Several firms had been removed from the program after finding them controlled by a non-SDVOSB firm. Many of these companies reappeared on the VETBiz Information Pages shortly thereafter.
- Many SDVOSB are located at the same business address as the firm using them as a “pass through.” Many of those businesses have telephone numbers listed on the VETBiz vendor page, but Google reveals a different address. One firm has been awarded $50 million in contracts set-aside for SDVOSB firms.
- According to my research, at least a third of these firms are “Rent-a-vet” or “pass-through” companies for other businesses.”
Contributed by Jim Sechrist (Note: image shown is not Mr. Sechrist)