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Veteran-owned business procurement program now law in NY

ALBANY – The Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act, establishing a six percent goal for participation on state contracts by these businesses in addition to other measures to support disabled veteran-owned companies was signed on Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation creates the Division of Service Disabled Veterans’ Business Development within the Office of General Services which will oversee the program and certify eligible businesses. The federal government’s goal for awarding contracts to veteran-owned businesses is only three percent and no other state in the nation offers as robust a program which includes set-aside contracts to these small businesses.

"Today New York is taking our commitment to honor the service and sacrifice of the disabled veterans who serve our state and nation to a higher level," Governor Cuomo said. "This new law sets an ambitious and aggressive goal to make businesses owned by disabled veterans a more active part of state contracting and gives our heroes the recognition that they truly deserve. We are proud to lead every state in the nation with this ambitious program and by doing so, continue New York's undaunted pursuit of greater fairness. I commend the members of the Legislature who worked so hard on this new law."

Every year, the State procures billions of dollars in goods and services for the benefit of the people of New York. The expansion of economic opportunity through the significant purchasing power of the State is but one way to thank service-disabled veterans for their honorable service to our country and to help reintegrate them back into the State’s economy.

New York is home to nearly 900,000 veterans, 72 percent of whom have served during periods of conflict.

Information about the program can be found at veterans.ny.gov/business including a contact form that businesses can use to begin the certification process and a list of frequently asked questions. Businesses can also contact OGS directly by calling 844-579-7570 or sending an email to veteransdevelopment@ogs.ny.gov.

OGS is actively recruiting for an Executive Director of Service-Disabled Veterans’ Business Development who will be responsible for developing and implementing a statewide strategic plan to promote participating businesses, including compliance monitoring. The Division will assist eligible businesses in obtaining proper certification and opportunities to participate in state procurements. Over the next 30 days, regulations and certification guidelines will be finalized and the new organization will be established.

OGS commissioner RoAnn Destito, said, "By signing this bill, Governor Cuomo has sent a powerful message to our service-disabled veterans. If you have an eligible small business, New York State wants you to be our partner. I am honored that this Division will be housed at OGS and look forward to working with the Division of Veterans’ Affairs and Empire State Development to provide new opportunities for these deserving businesses."