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Veteran News In One Hot Minute

Now that the federal government has had a week to catch up after their three-day holiday, you might have an influx of emails and deliverables since everyone’s back in action. Accordingly, in lieu of a longer post, here are three quick items for you to peruse:

The New VetBiz Verification Guidebook is Out! Several years ago, I created a comprehensive guidebook to address all major issues with VetBiz verification (eligibility criteria, the process, re-verification, cancellations, audits, etc). For anyone who is in the VetBiz registry (which is the VA’s way of tracking businesses it has cleared as “veteran-owned small businesses” or “service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses,” and therefore eligible for its set-aside opportunities), you may have noticed a lot of recent changes to the process. This Guidebook is updated as of June 1, 2018 and is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know if you want to get/stay verified.

NVSBC Conference in Only One Week! Every year, I attend and speak at the National Veteran Small Business Coalition’s conference in Virginia Beach. This year, they’ve moved it a short distance away to historic Williamsburg, Virginia, where they’ll have knowledgeable speakers on a variety of federal procurement topics, an Exhibit Hall, and a chance to rub elbows with prospective teaming partners and procurement officials. Especially if you’re in the D.C. area, consider taking the trip from June 11th through the 14th, because Scott Denniston and the folks up top at the NVSBC do a wonderful job of providing a conference with a lot of value. While the hotel where the conference is being held is full, there are plenty of other lodging options in the area. (We’re booked at the Great Wolf Lodge). For non-NVSBC members, registration is $649 if you do it ahead of time ($449 for members).

Peter O’Rourke Tapped as New VA Acting Secretary. President Trump has tapped longtime VA official Peter O’Rourke as the agency’s acting secretary, the White House announced last Wednesday, a move that comes ahead of the confirmation hearing of VA secretary-designate Robert Wilkie. O’Rourke, who previously served as chief of staff for the agency and as its executive director for the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, took on the role effective last Tuesday, the White House office of the press secretary announced in a statement.

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