Two new rules affecting the implementation of the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act ("VEVRAA"), governing protected veterans, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act ("Section 503"), governing persons with disabilities were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2013.
On August 27, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced new rules outlining how federal contractors should handle their affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for protected veterans and for individuals with disabilities under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (“VEVRAA”), governing protected veterans, and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 503”), governing persons with disabilities. The new rules attempt to measure federal contractors’ progress toward achieving equal opportunity for people with disabilities and protected veterans and fundamentally alter the rules for compliance.
Last Friday, the U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA") issued the long-awaited final rule implementing provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 ("Jobs Act") pertaining to small business size and status integrity.
On May 13, 2013, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking comments on how to improve the regulations governing the VA’s Verification Program for SDVOSBs and VOSBs. See 78 Fed. Reg. 27882 (May 13, 2013). The VA is planning to amend its regulations to provide greater clarity, to streamline the verification program, and to encourage more veteran-owned firms to participate in the program. As an initial step in this process, the VA is seeking comments by July 12, 2013, on how to best change its rules.
On May 7, 2013, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued an amendment to its women-owned small business (“WOSB”) federal contract program regulations which lifted the limitation on the dollar amount of a contract that can be set aside for WOSBs. See 78 Fed. Reg. 26504 (May 7, 2013). This amendment takes immediate effect.