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Nominations due Dec. 15 for Veteran Small Business Advisory Committees

December 6, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration seeks member nominations from veteran-owned small businesses and veterans service organizations to serve on the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs. SBA also seeks member nominations from two veteran service organizations or military service organizations to serve on the Interagency Task Force for Veterans Small Business Development. SBA's administrator will appoint individuals to serve on the ACVBA for a period of three years and on the IATF for a period of two years.

The submission deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 15. Nominations of eligible representatives should be emailed to veteransbusiness@sba.gov. Submissions should include: name and contact information of the individual; name and contact information of represented organization; and federal committee that nominee is interested in serving on, stated clearly.

Veterans service organization or military service organization nominations should include a description of how the organization supports veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small business issues. If nominee is a member of a local chapter of a veterans service organization, a national-level endorsement letter from the veterans service organization is required.

For more ACVBA and IATF and SBA resources for veteran-owned small businesses, go to www.sba.gov/ovbd, and read the Federal Register notice containing details about both committee nomination submissions.

Public Law 106-50, the Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 1999, established ACVBA to serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the SBA administrator, the associate administrator for SBA's Office of Veterans Business Development, Congress, the president and other U.S. policy makers.

The IATF, established Feb.14, 2008, by Public Law 110-186 and executed by executive order, coordinates federal efforts to increase and improve veteran small business development. This includes increasing access to capital, improving business development opportunities, and meeting federal contracting goals for veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

On Aug. 13, 2014, the Office of Management and Budget published revised guidance in the Federal Register on individuals who are not eligible to serve on federal advisory committees. In accordance with OMB guidance, the president directed agencies and departments in the Executive Branch not to appoint or reappoint federally registered lobbyists to advisory committees and other boards and commissions.