On June 16 the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) established its ruling on Kingdomware vs. The United States, which is set to drive more contractor teaming with veteran-owned small businesses in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
From the SCOTUS blog “The issue before the Court was whether a federal law which provides that, as long as certain conditions are met, the Department of Veterans Affairs “shall award” contracts to small businesses owned by veterans applies every time the department awards contracts. The federal government had argued that the rule left some room for discretion, but today the Court rejected that argument. “Shall,” the Court emphasized, was meant as “a command.”
The implications of this ruling will be potentially widespread across government institutions if history repeats itself. Two big noteworthy changes resulting from this ruling are that:
- First, the VA must now give preference to service disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs) on purchases made through GSA Schedules.
- Second, the VA must give preference to veteran-owned businesses on all its acquisitions, whether or not the VA has met its annual veteran contracting goals.
With this ruling, small, service-disabled, veteran-owned businesses will be sought after as potential partners for larger teaming efforts. This new door to opportunity will inevitably result in a range of potential partners from qualified and well-intentioned through opportunistic, but the right kind of change is happening and as a veteran-owned business, we at Three Wire are optimistic about this trajectory.
The VA has led the way in enabling veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses. As a SDVOSB on GSA IT70, SEWP V, and CIOCS, and a leading technology and innovation partner, we are excited about what this means for economic opportunities for those veterans who are already in the marketplace, and the inspiration we hope it provides to those who have been waiting to dip their toe into the waters.
Data-Based Presentation on Veteran-Centric Life Success Programs
Falls Church, VA – Jennifer Roseman, Three Wire Systems’ Executive Vice President of VetAdvisor Services, has been selected to present at the Employee Assistance Professionals Association’s 2016 World EAP Conference in Chicago, IL. Roseman’s presentation, “What EAP Services do Veterans Want? Best Practices and Lessons Learned” will use data collected by VetAdvisor over a two-year period.
“I’m honored that my presentation was among those selected for this year’s World EAP Conference,” Roseman states. “The data collected using our Veteran Relationship Management tool is incredibly illuminating and I look forward to discussing the ways it can help organizations identify veteran life success program needs and determine veteran coaching best practices and ROI measurement.”
In November 2013, VetAdvisor began offering veteran-centric life success coaching services to a Fortune 500 company. A cohort of 1,999 veterans registered for and received VetAdvisor finance, career, wellness, behavioral health, and navigational advocacy coaching. All coach/veteran interactions were tracked, providing a wealth of data on duration, quality, and content of all interactions, as well as on how veterans assess their quality of life across personal, interpersonal, and operational (logistical) categories.
Utilizing data collected between November 2013 and December 2015, Roseman’s session will present lessons learned and strategies for achieving veteran engagement in coaching services. EAPA’s 2016 World EAP Conference will be held Monday, October 31 – Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. For more information, visit www.eapassn.org.
Ebensburg, PA – VetAdvisor was named one of the Top 100 Organizations in Central Pennsylvania, PA Business Central announced today. “As we move into our 25th year of publication I am happy to report that our offices have been filled with excitement and preparation for the signature edition of the Pennsylvania Business Central. Nominations for the Top 100 Organizations edition came in from all over the state in record numbers,” said Publisher David Wells.
The Top 100 List celebrates successful Pennsylvania organizations but does not include a specific ranking. Click here to find out more, and to see the complete list.
Implements and Directs VetAdvisor Coaching Programs
Ebensburg, PA – Three Wire Systems, LLC (Three Wire) today announced it has named Jennifer Roseman Executive Vice President of VetAdvisor Services. Roseman implements and directs proactive veteran outreach programs, improving veterans’ access to behavioral health screenings and reintegration coaching services. Roseman was instrumental in developing Three Wire’s VetAdvisor program; she has previously served as VetAdvisor’s Vice President and Senior Vice President.
“Jennifer has a demonstrated commitment to serving the reintegration needs of service members, and to developing veteran-centric life success coaching programs,” states Three Wire CEO Dan Frank. “Her promotion to Executive Vice President is a reflection of her talents and successes.”
In addition to her role at VetAdvisor, Roseman is the President-elect of the National Association for Rural Mental Health and a member of the American Counseling Association and the Saint Francis University Social Work Advisory Board. She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist Supervisor, has a Bachelors in Social Work from Saint Francis University where she was honored with the Social Work Student-of-the-Year for 2003, and a Masters in Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mount Aloysius College.
Falls Church, VA – Three Wire Systems, LLC (Three Wire), VetAdvisor’s parent company, announced today that the Washington Business Journal has recognized it as one of the Fastest Growing Companies for 2015. With a 1587% revenue growth since 2010, Three Wire earned a ranking of 14th among the list of 50 companies in the D.C. area. This is the fourth consecutive year Three Wire has appeared on the WBJ Fastest Growing Companies list.
Washington Business Journal evaluated local companies with the highest average percentage revenue growth over a three-year period. Over 1,500 companies were considered for the honor and 50 finalists were named in September. The final ranking was announced at an honoree event on Thursday, October 29 in Tyson’s Corner, Va.
“This award measures growth by revenue, and we’re incredibly proud of Three Wire’s revenue trajectory, but we’re also incredibly proud of the people behind that trajectory,” states Three Wire President Greg Feldman. “Our growth is a direct reflection of the dedication and excellence of our team, of our client executives and systems engineers, of our sales support staff and of our management. Honoring Three Wire’s growth honors our entire company.”
Three Wire was also recently named one of the Washington Business Journal’s Best Places to Work, to the CRN Fast Growth 150 list, and to the Inc. 5000 for the fifth year in a row. VetAdvisor was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Central Pennsylvania.