VETS 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For Government Customers
VETS 2 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. Highlights include:
- Access to a full range of comprehensive IT services and IT services-based solutions;
- Flexibility as emerging technologies and the definition of information technology evolve;
- On-ramp and off-ramp provisions insure retention of a highly qualified pool of contractors;
- A full spectrum of contract types, including cost reimbursement; and
- Worldwide coverage.
In general, you need to follow these steps:
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) applies. Exceptions must be documented in the file.
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.
No. The VETS 2 GWAC is available for use by all Federal agencies and other entities as listed in GSA Order OGP 4800.2I ; however, this does not include state and local governments. 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.
For Industry Partners
We encourage all companies to consider subcontracting or teaming arrangements with any of the VETS 2 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 Contract Payment Reporting Module.