Subcommittee Hearings

Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce

Joint Hearing: An Examination of Continued Challenges in VA’s Vets First Verification Process

The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce will meet for a joint hearing with Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations titled, “An Examination of Continued Challenges in VA’s Vets First Verification Process.” The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 in Room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building.

This is a successor hearing to a March 19, 2013 joint hearing held by the Subcommittees titled, Consistently Inconsistent: Challenges for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (2013 hearing). The prior hearing examined challenges facing service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) seeking federal contracts using both the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contracting programs. The prior hearing was spurred by a report of the Government Accountability Office that identified significant problems with the VA’s verification program. The hearing will provide an opportunity for the Subcommittee to receive an update on the status of the verification programs at VA.

Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hanna (R0-NY) // Opening Statement

Witnesses:

Mr. William Shear
Director
Financial Markets and Community Investment
United States Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC
Testimony

Mr. Quentin Aucoin
Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC
Testimony

Mr. Tom Leney
Executive Director
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC
Testimony

Hearing Materials:

Notice
Witness List
Memo
GAO Report Highlights