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Improving Federal and Department of Defense Use of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

Improving Federal and Department of Defense Use of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

Amy G. Cox
Nancy Y. Moore
Copyright Date: 2013
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 48
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    Improving Federal and Department of Defense Use of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses
    Book Description:

    The report investigates the barriers that service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) may face when attempting to contract with the federal government and the Department of Defense. The government and DoD goals are to award 3 percent of prime-contract dollars to SDVOSBs but current contracting falls below that level.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8478-1
    Subjects: History, Business, Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Figure and Tables
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. ix-xiv)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Characteristics of Veterans and Service-Disabled Veterans and Their Potential Effect on the Supply of SDVOSBs
    (pp. 1-6)

    The federal government has a goal of awarding 3 percent of all prime-contract dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs), and federal agencies have an additional goal that 3 percent of its subcontracting dollars go to SDVOSBs as well (Bush, 2004; U.S. Congress, 2003, 1999; Department of Defense [DoD], 2007). Neither the federal government nor DoD has met its goal. The government’s percentage did increase from 1.39 percent to 2.65 percent between fiscal year (FY) 2008 and FY 2011, and DoD’s percentage increased from 0.94 in FY 2008 to 2.02 in FY 2011 (Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation, undated)....

  9. CHAPTER TWO Interview Approach and Results
    (pp. 7-16)

    A central focus of this project is the identification of barriers experienced by SDVOSBs when trying to contract with the federal government. To assess these barriers, we interviewed several SDVOSBs. We also interviewed contracting staff at DoD who have worked with SDVOSBs to learn about their experiences and to obtain a more complete understanding of the barriers SDVOSBs may face.

    The goal of the study is to find ways to increase federal and DoD contracting with SDVOSBs. To this end, we sought to interview SDVOSBs representative in industries

    1. with a sufficient number of SDVOSBs to provide for a sufficient number...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Summary of Findings and Recommendations
    (pp. 17-20)

    This study combined quantitative analyses of service-disabled veterans and in-depth qualitative interviews with a small sample of SDVOSBs to identify the barriers that SDVOSBs may face in contracting with the federal government. The quantitative analyses indicated that service-disabled veterans are less likely than other veterans and non-veterans to be self-employed, even when differences in individual characteristics are controlled for. In addition, recent apparent increases in the number of service-disabled veterans appear unlikely to translate into a significant increase in the number of SDVOSBs with which the federal government can pursue contracting for goods and services.

    Though not statistically generalizable, our...

  11. APPENDIX A Logistic Regression Methodology and Analyses
    (pp. 21-24)
  12. APPENDIX B Interview Protocols
    (pp. 25-28)
  13. Bibliography
    (pp. 29-30)