VA’s Mission “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan, by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.” --Abraham Lincoln
VA Profile • FY 2013 Budget Request – $140.3 Billion • FY 2012 Budget – $127.0 Billion • FY 2012 - $16.7 Billion for Supplies/Services
FY 2012 Goals & Accomplishments(October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012)
VA Organizational Structure • Veterans Health Administration (VHA) • Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) • National Cemetery Administration (NCA) • Staff Offices
What VA Buys VA buys a wide range of goods and services • Information Technology (Hardware, Software, Maintenance & Other Services)* • Medical, Dental and Veterinary Equipment & Supplies, Pharmaceuticals (FSG 65) • Instruments & Laboratory Equip (FSG 66)
What VA Buys • Perishable and Non-Perishable Subsistence • Nursing Home Services • Prescription Eyeglasses • Readjustment Counseling Services* • Home Oxygen & Medical Gases • Security Services* • Medical Transcription Services • Interment Flags* • Grounds Maintenance • Transportation Services
What VA Buys • Interment Flags* • Grounds Maintenance • Transportation Services • Grave Markers & Headstones* • Integrated Pest Management Services • Trash, Garbage & Infectious Waste Disposal • Architect & Engineer Services • Construction Services* • Office Supplies & Equipment • Office Equipment Maintenance* • Consulting & Advisory Services
Who Buys • VA Medical Centers • Veterans Integrated Service Networks • VA National Acquisition Center (NAC) • Office of Acquisition, Logistics & Construction • VA National Cemetery Administration • VA Franchise Data Center, Austin, TX • VA Office of Administration • VA Acquisition and Logistics Center • VA Technology Acquisition Center • VA Veterans Benefits Administration
VA Hierarchy of Small Business Programs • Service-disabled veteran-owned firms • Veteran-owned firms • HUBZone firms and 8(a) participants (tied) • All others (including general small business)
P.L. 109-461 Set-Aside Authorities SDVOSB: Competitive – Unlimited by dollar value Sole-Source – Limited to $5 million VOSB: Competitive – Unlimited by dollar value Sole Source – Limited to $5 million
Verification Logos These are the officially recognized symbols of your success and are only issued to Verified Veterans and Service-Disabled Veterans!
Who Buys? Contract Specialists Purchasing Agents Purchase Card Holders
Prime & Subcontracting Opportunities Open market requirements published at www.fbo.gov VA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities: https://www.vendorportal.ecms.va.gov/eVP/fco/FCO.aspx Small Business Administration’s Sub-net: www.sba.gov/subnet
Improve Your Chances Become verified. Register on all applicable Government websites. Review Agency Forecasts of Contracting Opportunities (FCO). Ensure your information matches on all of these sites. Register in SAM for the NAICS in which you hold expertise. Obtain FPDS Account. Identify appropriate Federal Supply Schedules. Accept Purchase Cards. Sharpen Your Pencil-Competitive Pricing. Take Advantage of Capacity Building resources: (e.g. PTAC and SBDC) Know Your Customer.
VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization 202-461-4300 www.va.gov/osdbu Center for Veterans Enterprise 202-618-3765/ 202-303-3260