Disabled Vets Finally Get a Federal “Fair Shake”

President Obama on Monday signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, changing the law to help level the playing field for service-disabled veterans (SDVOSB).  Before this act was implemented, a business operating in a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) or an (8a) Disadvantaged Business held a sizeable advantage over Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB); this Act will help level the playing field for SDVOSB’s who are competing for contracts with the federal government.

President Obama Signing Small Business Act

Before this Act, HUBZones had mandatory federal contracting award preference over other businesses submitting proposals in response to a federal contract solicitation.

SDVOSB’s on the other hand were made at the discretion of the Contracting Officer who was responsible for a particular proposed contract.  This disparity created an unfair distribution of contracts, with SDVOSB’s consistently falling short of the 3% of awarded contracts mandated by law for most agencies and their operating divisions.

Federal Law seems to move at a snails pace at times, but in this case we are seeing some progress toward the goal of a “fair shake” to the servicemen and women who have given of themselves and who should be compensated for their sacrifices and valor.

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