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Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

iChecked Screening Solutions has been certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Center for Verification and Evaluation, as a “Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).  The process to become certified is a rigorous one.

INTAKE

Intake begins once an applicant has created a profile in VetBiz VIP. A record is created in CVE’s internal case management system, and the Veteran receives a welcome call from an Intake Analyst. During this phone call, the Intake Analyst explains the Verification process, provides instructions on next required steps, and answers any questions.

The Veteran business owner completes the VetBiz VIP profile by entering ownership information. To provide accurate ownership information, all owners of the applicant firm must sign VA Form 0877 and list the ownership percentage held by each owner. The total ownership percentage listed on the application must equal 99 to 100 percent. To be eligible for Verification, the ownership percentage held by Veterans or Service-disabled Veterans must be equal to or greater than 51 percent.

After VA Form 0877 is signed by all owners, the Veteran business owner uploads required business documents into the VIP profile. Only documents designated as “pre-application required documents” must be submitted initially, although applicants are welcomed to submit all required documents upfront. Any required documents not submitted initially will be requested later in the Verification application process.

Once all documents are uploaded and all profile information has been entered into the VIP profile, the Veteran selects the “Submit” button to submit the application to CVE and a confirmation message is displayed.  At this point, the VIP profile is locked and cannot be edited while the application is in process unless permission is granted by CVE.

Once the application has been submitted, it is assigned to a Case Analyst, who will manage the application throughout Pre-Application Review and Assessment.

PRE-APPLICATION REVIEW

During Pre-Application Review, the Case Analyst verifies the owner’s Veteran status, conducts public research on the owner and business, and performs a cursory review of the applicant’s pre-application documents. The Case Analyst also coordinates a date for a Pre-Application Review Interview with the Veteran business owner to provide an initial assessment of the applicant’s likelihood of being verified.

If the Case Analyst identifies any potential areas of non-compliance, a Pre-Application Review Report is sent to the Veteran summarizing the issue(s) identified and providing an opportunity to address or correct the issue(s).

If no issues are identified during Pre-Application Review, the Case Analyst sends a request to the applicant for the remainder of the required documents. Once all required documents have been submitted, the application is considered complete and ready for Assessment.

During Pre-Application Review:

  • VA Form 0877 is cross-referenced with the applicant’s VetBiz VIP profile to ensure all information matches
  • The VA Beneficiary Identification and Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) database is used to validate the date of birth, Social Security Number, and Veteran status of each Veteran owner
  • The Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) is used to verify all owners are in good standing with the federal government
  • The Case Analyst ensures only six-digit NAICS Codes are listed on the Veteran’s VIP profile
  • The firm’s Doing Business As (DBA) filing is reviewed to ensure that it has been properly registered
  • Pre-Application Review documents are evaluated for accuracy and viability for examination. If any issues are identified, the applicant is provided an opportunity to address the issues
  • If no eligibility issues are identified, CVE requests the remaining required documents
  • Once all required documents are received, the application is ready for full Assessment

In some cases, Veteran status cannot be verified, and a letter is sent directing applicants to their local Veterans Benefits Administration office for resolution. Applicants may submit Form DD214 and/or a DoD-issued Determination of Service-Connected Disability to demonstrate Veteran status.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reconcile BIRLS for eligibility issues. Visit VA BIRLS for additional information.

ASSESSMENT

During Assessment, the Case Analyst performs a complete review of all documents and information submitted by the applicant. If further information or clarification is needed, the Case Analyst will send the applicant a clarifying document request.

If additional areas of non-compliance or ineligibility are identified, the applicant will have another opportunity to address these issues by participating in the Post-Review Findings Program.  If the applicant is still unable to correct the remaining issues, the applicant will be given the option to withdraw the application or receive a denial letter.

Once Assessment is complete, the Case Analyst will make a recommendation to approve or deny the application. This recommendation is then forwarded to the Federal Review Team for final review and decision.

DECISION

A federal employee reviews the work that has been done on the application and makes a final recommendation for approval or denial. This recommendation is sent to the appropriate CVE approval authority for a decision.

If approved, the CVE approval authority signs a decision letter, which is sent to the Veteran via email.  This letter provides additional resources for Verified businesses and a link to the Verification logo. Once approved, the business is immediately listed in VetBiz VIP as a verified SDVOSB or VOSB. CVE’s Verification of a SDVOSB and/or VOSB is valid for a period of two years.

VA-verified firms may display the trademark-protected SDVOSB or VOSB logo (sample images shown below). Use of the logo communicates the firm has undergone a comprehensive review to validate its status as an eligible Veteran-owned and controlled firm.