Lawmakers: VA has Conflict on Vets’ Businesses

March 28, 2013

Two key lawmakers are accusing the Veterans Affairs Department of violating the law by having one person head both the office that verifies veteran-owned businesses can receive government contracts and the office that promotes veterans’ entrepreneurship.

VA may not be the only federal agency that has assigned additional and potentially conflicting duties to the person heading the legally required office for small and disadvantaged businesses, but it is the first one to draw pointed complaints.

In a letter being delivered today to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the two House subcommittee chairmen said the appointment of Tom Leney as director of VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise and director of VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization violates a requirement enacted earlier this year to prevent shared duties.

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