New Regulation on Verification of Eligibility for Veteran Owned Small Business Status

The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued final regulations to implement a portion of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 which requires the VA to verify ownership and control of veteran-owned small businesses, VOSBs, including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, SDVOSBs, in order for these firms to participate in VA acquisitions set-aside for SDVOSB and VOSBs. The new regulation, which became effective July 12, 2017, amends 38 CFR part 74 and was first published in February as an interim final rule.

Under the new regulation, VA annual examination of a VOSB is no longer required. Such examinations will occur every three years. The VA believes that this change will not affect its ability to maintain the integrity of the program because each examination is extremely thorough.

DOL Requests Comments on Davis Bacon Regulations

Department of Labor has just issued a request for comments on the efficacy/burden etc., of existing regulations requiring the weekly submission of certified payrolls from contractors and subcontractors working on contracts covered by the Davis Bacon Act.

DOL is particularly interested in comments on the following questions:

  • Is the collection of information necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, i.e., does that information have practical utility?
  • How can the quality, utility and clarity of the information be improved?
  • How accurate is DOL’s estimate (56 minutes per week) of the burden on contractors and subcontractors to fully comply with the current certified payroll requirements?
  • How can the burden on contractors and subcontractors be minimized through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, such as electronic submission of payrolls?

Comments are due by September 5, 2017.