Executive Order Would Assist Disabled Veterans in Procuring State Government Contracts, Says Barrar
HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) announced today an executive order by Gov. Tom Corbett directing state government agencies to seek Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises (SDVBE) and Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises (VBE) to compete for state government contracts.

“Pennsylvania’s veterans have made a tremendous sacrifice for this Commonwealth and this country, and we are always looking for ways to show our appreciation for their heroic efforts,” said Barrar. “We can never fully repay our veterans for what they have done, but this executive order is a way for us to show our gratitude and help one of the hardest hit populations of this economic downturn. I applaud the governor for taking this action.”

Barrar noted the executive order is reflective of legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware). House Bill 1316 has more than 100 co-sponsors, including Barrar.

The stated purpose of the executive order is to ensure that agencies substantially increase opportunities for VBEs and SDVBEs to participate in Commonwealth contracting opportunities as contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and professional service providers.

The Department of General Services (DGS) will oversee the effort and establish a certification process for VBEs and SDVBEs. DGS also will contact VBEs and SDVBEs, along with veteran organizations, to inform them of procurement opportunities and to solicit their participation. In addition, it will identify and contact appropriate non-profit organizations that employ veterans with disabilities to make them aware of possible contracting opportunities.

All state government agencies are directed by the order to participate in outreach activities and solicit VBEs and SDVBEs to compete for contracts. The order also states that when permitted by law, agencies should consider the VBE and SDVBE status as a factor in the procurement process.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25 percent of veterans classified as Gulf War-era II (serving after Sept. 2001) have a service-connected disability. Unemployment among male veterans between the ages of 18 to 24 is nearly 22 percent.

“Those who have fought in the name of the United States of America are the ultimate patriots,” said Barrar. “They have earned the right to additional recognition from the government, and I am hopeful this executive order will benefit many veterans.”

Barrar, majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. More information about his legislative priorities is available at SteveBarrar.com or Facebook.com/RepBarrar.

State Representative Steve Barrar
160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Nicole Wamsley 
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