Sequestration and VA Contractors

What Does That Mean to You?

The Federal budget sequestration went into effect on March 1 and many Federal Government departments and agencies will soon feel the effects of mandatory budget cuts. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is exempt from mandatory cuts under sequestration.  

In a recent email from Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of VA, he emphasized that the VA’s exemption from budget cuts “acknowledges the Nation’s obligation to provide care and benefits to our Veterans who earned them, their eligible family members, and our survivors.” As a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, we applaud the Secretary’s statement.

So, what does this mean to you and your business?

If you are a current VA schedule holder (621 I, 65 II A, etc.), or if you do business with the VA through another Federal Supply Service (GSA) contract, this means that you may not feel the effects of sequestration.

If you provide non-healthcare products or services and are not presently doing business with the VA, it is time to look at VA opportunities.  The VA will still need to procure other types of products and services to support their healthcare facilities and other activities.

If you have any questions on how to develop a B2G marketing strategy focused on doing business with the VA, feel free to contact Coley GSA directly at 210-402-6766 or at info@coleygsa.com.

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