Recent Small Business Administration Ruling Agrees with Protest that Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business was Not Controlled by Service-Disabled Veteran

June 26, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) recently sustained a protester’s challenge to a company’s status as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

Covenant Construction Services was the unsuccessful bidder on a commercial construction contract on a project entirely set aside for SDVOSB.  Covenant protested the SDVODB certification of winning bidder, Concord Construction, Inc., on the basis that the service-disabled veteran owner of Concord did not actually control Concord because he worked full-time for another business (not a SDVOSB).  The 49% owner of Concord (who was not a service-disabled veteran) worked full time for Concord.

In order to be a SDVOSB, the service-disabled veteran must “control” the small business.  Federal regulations provide a rebuttable presumption that “a service-disabled veteran does not control the firm when the service-disabled veteran is not able to work for the firm during the normal working hours that businesses in that industry normally work.”  13 C.F.R. § 125.12(k).

On June 8, 2020, OHA issued its decision, finding that Concord was not a SDVOSB, and that it did not provide evidence to rebut the presumption that the service-disabled veteran did not control the business when he worked full-time for another company.

A copy of the opinion can be found here:

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