Papers

  1. House Resolution: H.R. 7401 Contract Our Veterans Act of 2024

    House Resolution: H.R. 7401    Contract Our Veterans Act of 2024

    The National Defense Authorization Act of 2024 raises the government-wide goal of awarding contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses from 3 percent to 5 percent.  There is no goal for awarding contracts to veteran-owned small businesses. H.R. 7401 would establish a veteran-owned small business goal in the Department of Defense (DoD) of 5 percent of contract awards to veteran-owned small businesses.

    H.R. 7401 also provides DoD with a mechanism to reach these goals similar to the special authorities provided to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) known as “VETS First”. Under VETS First, VA is authorized to set-aside” contract opportunities with competition restricted to veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. The result of VETS First at VA has been an exponential rise in contract awards.  Prior to VETS First VA awarded approximately 3 perce

    Read more »
  2. VA’S MEDICAL/SURGICAL PRIME VENDOR PROGRAM OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES

    Introduction:Talking points paper to discuss ongoing issues with current VA MSPV program and expectations of problems to follow MSPV Gen – Z contracts when awarded.  SDV-MPG members met with Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees majority and minority staffs in June 2023.


     

    VA’S MEDICAL/SURGICAL PRIME VENDOR PROGRAM

    OPERATIONAL CHALLENGES

    April 2023

     

    Our members continue to face challenges with the MSPV program. We polled our membership and the following four categories consistently inhibit their ability to succeed. We hope this document will provide a guide for our discussion moving forward.

    1. LACK OF COMMAND STRUCTURE:

    • Responsibility for program resides in
    Read more »
  3. The Non-Manufacturer Rule Waiver (NMR) 52.219.33 The Impact to SDVOSBs and Other Small Businesses

    Read more »
  4. SDV-MPG CONCERNS WITH PRICING OF PRODUCTS FOR VA’S MSPV PROGRAM

    Introduction: Provided to VA MSPV staff to highlight the issues facing SDV-MPG members brought on by VA’s failure to timely and reasonable deal with BPA price increase submissions.


    SDV-MPG CONCERNS WITH PRICING OF PRODUCTS FOR VA’S MSPV PROGRAM

    February 2023

     

    BACKGROUND: Almost 3 years ago, VA negotiated and awarded Blanket Purchaser Agreements (BPAs) for products to be provided to VA through VA’s MSPV program. Most of the BPAs were awarded to SDVOSBs. Awards were based on “fair and reasonable” pricing in a competitive bidding process. To develop their bid price suppliers used their latest manufacturer’s price, added markups to cover business expenses, MSPV program costs (specific to the MSPV program) and a modest profit. Over the past three years, due to COVID demands and high inflation rates, product prices have risen, in some cases substantial

    Read more »
  5. QUESTIONS TO VA BASED ON RFP ISSUED ON JANUARY 3RD, 2023

    Introduction: Questions submitted to VA MSPV  staff based on the release of the final RFP for MSPV Gen-Z.


    QUESTIONS TO VA BASED ON RFP ISSUED ON JANUARY 3RD, 2023

    1. The RFP addresses Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCIs) by requiring respondents to self-identify any real or perceived OCI issues. The RFP further requires the respondents to develop and submit to VA a “mitigation plan” addressing the OCI issues. We understand VA has determined it either has, or will, provide “waivers” to any prime vendor who also holds BPAs under the MSPV program, namely Cardinal and Medline. As the proposals including any identification of OCI issues have not yet been submitted, under what authority and justification has VA provided waivers? We respectfully request copies of any waivers and justifications for the waivers VA has established. Also, what effect will Public Law 117-324; “Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Intere

    Read more »
  6. SDV-MPG LETTER TO Ashley Nguyen

    Introduction: SDV-MPG letter to VA MSPV contracting officer on concerns raised by the publication of the draft RFP for MSPV-Gen Z.


    December 6, 2022

    BY EMAIL: Ashley.Nguyen@va.gov

     

    Ashley Nguyen, Contracting Officer, 36C10X

    Strategic Acquisition Center – Frederick

    Department of Veterans Affairs

    5202 Presidents Court, Suite 103

    Frederick, MD 21703

     

               Re:  MSPV-Gen Z Draft RFP.

     

    Dear Ms. Nguyen:

     

    I hope you and your team had an excellent Thanksgiving holiday. 

     

    As you know, the undersigned has the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of the Service Disabled Veteran Medical Products Group (SDV-MPG), a not-for-profit industry group that represents numerous medical p

    Read more »
  7. Congressional Hearing Summary

    Introduction: Summary of Congressional Hearing on “VA Major Acquisitions Failure: In Search of Solutions”.


    High Top Logo

    Congressional Hearing Summary

     

    Committee:  House Veterans Affairs – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Subcommittee on Technology Modernization

    Subject:  VA Major Acquisitions Failures: In Search of Solutions

    Date: 9/20/2022

     

    Members Present

    Chairman Pappas (D-NH)               Rep. Mann (R-KS)

    Rep. Takano (D-CA)                        Rep.

    Read more »
  8. RISKY BUSINESS THE PLIGHT OF A SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATING IN VA’S MEDICAL/SURGICAL PRIME VENDOR PROGRAM

    Introduction: Provided by SDV-MPG members to Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee staffs to provide background on the issues faced by service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in operating as a “distributor” under VA’s MSPV program.


    RISKY BUSINESS

    THE PLIGHT OF A SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS PARTICIPATING

    IN VA’S MEDICAL/SURGICAL PRIME VENDOR PROGRAM

    Presented by

    THE SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN MEDICAL PRODUCTS GROUP

    August 2022

    SUMMARY: The service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) community has been involved and interested in the success of the VA Medical/Surgical Prime Vendor Program (MSPV) program since its inception. This involvement was heightened with the passage of Public Law 109-461 in 2006 and imp

    Read more »
  9. SDV-MPG CONCERNS BY CATEGORY

    Introduction: Provided to VA MSPV staff to identify the concerns raised by SDV-MPG members during meeting on July 21st regarding VA and DLA MSPV programs.


    SDV-MPG CONCERNS BY CATEGORY

    July, 2022

     

    Members of the SDV-MPG have identified a number of issues regarding VA’s MSPV program as well as the proposed use of DLA’s MSPV program by VA. The issues identified are as follows:

     

    SUPPLY BPA’s

    1. VAMC’s have not provided prime vendors with usage data so prime vendors do not stock and order from Supply BPA holders.

    2. The result of #1 is a high number of drop ship orders which causes additional expenses.

    3. Another result of #1 is prime vendors not assigning prime vendor ordering numbers (PVONs) which causes further delays and confusion for obtaining specific products by VAMCs.

    4. VA cannot process the number

    Read more »
  10. CURRENT CHALLENDGES OF SDVOSB’s WORKING WITH CARDINAL AND DEFENSE LOGISITCS AGENCY

    Introduction: Provided to Dwight Deneal, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Defense Logistics Agency to explain SDV-MPG members challenges working with DLA’s MSPV Program and requesting a meeting to discuss.


    CURRENT CHALLENDGES OF SDVOSB’s WORKING WITH CARDINAL

    AND DEFENSE LOGISITCS AGENCY

    SERVICE DISABLED VERTERANS MEDICAL PRODUCTS GROUP(SDV-MPG)

    July 2022

     

    BACKGROUND: The Defense Logistics Agency, on behalf of the Department of Defense and the Armed Services manages a Medical Surgical Prime Vendor Program (MSPV) to provide medical and surgical products at reasonable costs by aggregating volume, to the services and other customers. DLA does this by establishing Distribution and Pricing Agreements (DAPAs) with suppliers of products at prices deemed fair and reasonable to

    Read more »
Page