The VA, of All Agencies, Fails to Follow SDVOSB Set-Aside Rules

Phoenix Environmental Design Inc., a service disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) protested to the GAO the failure by the Veterans Administration to set aside a procurement for SDVOSB concerns, as required by the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (the VA Act).  Specifically, Phoenix protested the award to a non-SDVOSB concern, Golf Enviro Systems, Inc., of a contract for the supply of bagged fertilizer for the VA’s Santa Fe National Cemetery. As the estimated value of the procurement was $4,382., the VA purchasing agent decided to follow FAR Part 13’s Simplified Acquisition Procedures.  She identified 16 SDVOSB concerns, none of which were located in New Mexico.  She contacted 3 of these concerns to request proposals.   Two vendors did not provide quotations.  … Continue reading