DATE: October 26, 2004

SUBJECT: Executive Order 13360, Providing Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran Businesses To Increase Their Federal Contracting and Subcontracting

SOURCE: Federal Register, October 26, 2004, Vol. 69, No. 206, page 62547

AGENCIES: The President

ACTION: Issuance of Executive Order

SYNOPSIS: On October 20, 2004, President Bush issued Executive Order (EO) 13360 to "strengthen opportunities in federal contracting for service-disabled veteran businesses."

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the provisions of the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-183), see the December 18, 2003, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Enactment of the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003."

For more on the implementation of Public Law 108-183, Section 308, Procurement Program for Small Business Concerns Owned and Controlled by Service-Disabled Veterans, in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Small Business Administration's (SBA) regulations, see the May 5, 2004, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2001-23 and Small Business Administration (SBA); Program for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concerns."

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 20, 2004

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Section 308 of Public Law 108-183 amended the Small Business Act to establish a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) set-aside program. On May 5, 2004, the SDVOSB program was implemented with the addition of FAR Subpart 19.14, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, and additions to SBA's regulations in Title 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 125, Government Contracting Programs.

On October 20, 2004, President Bush issued EO 13360 directing agencies to "more effectively implement...the Small Business Act...which provides that the President must establish a goal of not less than 3 percent for participation by service-disabled veteran businesses in federal contracting, and...which gives agency contracting officers the authority to reserve certain procurements for service-disabled veteran businesses." The EO makes the following assignments:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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