“The rule of two,” this phrase has been mentioned a lot lately in the VA. What does it mean? The rule of two was created to help veteran own businesses obtain contracts with the VA. This is done by mandating that the VA must set aside any contract in which they cannot find two qualified veteran-owned firms to bid. Since the adaptation of the rule of two on July 25th it seems like it has been a positive change. Veteran owned businesses notice the VA is reaching out to them more to include these organizations capabilities for market research packages. This outreach has not happened in the past, which shows improvement on the VA’s part to try and incorporate small veteran owned businesses.
As with all new changes, this action doesn’t come without its challenges. One thing to take into account is the wait time for new services is likely to increase due to all of the market research that is now being done. The ruling also fails to elaborate as to how the mandatory source rule fits in with the rule of two and the VA has made clear that procurements for Ability One and Federal Prison Industries programs still out weight the rule of two.
With the VA’s quick action to adopt the rule of two observers are a little cautious that they may be reacting too hastily, only time will tell. Read the full article on Federal News Radio.
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