Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018
In 2018 the 115th Congress passed the Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018.
This law added veteran owned business to the list of eligible organizations to receive Government Surplus equipment and supplies.
As a veteran owned business, we want to share updates on the law and keep fellow veterans informed on the progress of its implementation.
Below is the latest information. Each state may have slightly different processes to request surplus items once the memorandum is final. Check with your state’s federal Surplus Property Program coordinator.
Update: In January, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) published the proposed rules for public comment. Public comments closed March 23, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET.
Is my business eligible: Wondering if your business is eligible?
Per the law and proposed rules, the small business must be “verified by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs under section 8127 of title 38, United States Code” in order to be eligible for the Federal Surplus Property Program. Our understanding is that the VA’s online database of Veteran Businesses contains the list of veteran owned small businesses who are currently verified under that portion of the US code, and would therefore be eligible for the Federal Surplus Property Program. As a result, we recommend visiting the VA websites listed below to find out more about the VA’s verification process and to consider whether you would like to go ahead and start that process now.
Some non-profits who assist veterans also qualify to receive Federal Surplus Property now. Nonprofits who assist the impoverished and/or homeless do qualify, as well as Veterans Service Organizations recognized by the Veterans Administration (i.e. VFW, DAV and American Legion). Please see pages 8-11 of our “Application for Eligibility” for more details: http://www.tfc.state.tx.us/divisions/supportserv/prog/fedsurplus/forms/