VETS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For Government Customers

VETS offers the unique opportunity to contract with highly qualified service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Using GWACs is a faster alternative to time-consuming and costly full and open competitions. We also offer training and customer service to help you with contracting rules and regulations.

 

GWACs are for information technology (IT) services and IT services-based solutions. Ordering contracting officers may include ancillary services and equipment on orders as long as the ancillary support is integral and necessary for the IT services-based solution.

Read the ordering guide for helpful instructions on how to use VETS.

In general, you need to follow these steps:
    1. Attend training
    2. Request a delegation of procurement authority
    3. Issue the task order
    4. Report contract actions
    5. Review past performance

No. All contract holders must be provided a fair opportunity to be considered for all orders in accordance with FAR 16.505, unless an exception to fair opportunity in FAR 16.505(b)(2)(i)-(iv) applies. Exceptions must be documented in the file.

No. VETS is authorized by the Clinger-Cohen Act to provide technology solutions to the federal government only. State and local governments can use IT Schedule 70 through the Cooperative Purchasing Program.

GSA will review your task order or modification requirements for free to make sure the scope of your task order is compatible with the scope of our GWACs — we call this a scope compatibility review, and it takes approximately two to five business days.

Check the list of VETS industry partners to determine current small business status.

However, as the ordering contracting officer, you may conduct a task order size re-representation if it’s in the best interest of your agency.

Contracting officers can ensure their agencies receive SDVOSB credit by conducting a task order size re-representation. If you conduct a task order size re-representation, you may only award task orders to those businesses that still qualify as small to get socioeconomic credit. There is an order size re-representation template in the VETS ordering guide [PDF - 206 KB].

After you have made the award, you claim socioeconomic credit by reporting contract actions in the Federal Procurement Database System (FPDS).

No. Delegations do not transfer over from one GWAC to another. Each contract is unique with its own terms and conditions.

Yes. See FAR 52.219-27, Limitations in Subcontracting, and contact the VETS team if you have questions. Prime contractors may use other service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) for subcontracting, and that work counts as if they had done it themselves.

No. 8(a) credit only applies to an 8(a) set-aside. However, other socioeconomic credit will apply. For example, small business, small disadvantaged business, woman-owned, and HUBZone can apply when you complete your FPDS-NG entry for the task order.

Orders may be issued for a term consistent with the customer agency’s policy on task order duration with one limitation - all orders should be substantially completed by February 1, 2020.

For Industry Partners

We encourage all companies to consider subcontracting or teaming arrangements with any of the VETS industry partners.

No. NAICS codes and size standards are commonly listed in solicitations, but that does not necessarily mean the customer agency requires an order level size re-representation. If the ordering contracting officer requires an order level size re- representation, they must clearly state it in the solicitation.

When in doubt, ask the ordering contracting officer what their intention was early in the solicitation period.

Each agency releases a forecast of anticipated procurement activities that includes potential small business opportunities. This forecast is posted to their agency website.

Industry partners should report task orders and subcontracting in the IT Solutions Shop (ITSS) - GWAC Management Module.

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Last Reviewed 2016-06-08