Small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans and other veterans are supposed receive preferences in qualifying for government contracts, but glitches in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ system for verifying their qualifications are holding back the program.

The VA is required to give contracting preference to service-disabled and other veteran-owned small businesses, but it also needs to verify the ownership and control of the businesses to confirm their eligibility. However, the planning and data system for a verification program used by the VA needs improvement, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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