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Iowa Sen. Ernst Cracks Down on 'Stolen Valor'

By    |   Tuesday, 01 August 2023 02:33 PM EDT

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and other Republican senators are sponsoring a provision tucked into the Senate's version of the annual defense spending bill seeking to crack down on stolen valor by targeting businesses that lie about being veteran-owned, Military.com reported.

The Stolen Valor Act of 2005 made it a federal misdemeanor for falsely representing as having received any U.S. military decoration or medal.

Small businesses that only self-certify as being service-disabled and veteran-owned could not count toward the government's goal of having 3% of contracting dollars going to such businesses, under the provision by Ernst in the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Although the bill would not eliminate self-certification or prevent contracts from being awarded to self-certified businesses, the goal is to incentivize federal officials to award contracts to formally certified businesses and thereby disincentivize stolen valor.

"As the first female combat veteran to serve in the Senate, I know that our service members have the grit, talent, and leadership abilities needed to become successful small-business owners following their time in uniform," Ernst said in a statement.

She championed the provision as the ranking member of the Senate Small Business Committee and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I'm grateful that my effort to prevent stolen valor and enhance integrity in federal contracting for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses passed through the Senate NDAA with bipartisan support," she wrote.

Before becoming law, the provision must still survive negotiations with the House on the final NDAA.

At issue is the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program that allows the federal government to restrict competition for some contracts to just businesses owned by veterans with service-connected disabilities, Military.com reported.

In the 2021 NDAA, Congress required the Small Business Administration (SBA) to establish a process to certify veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. Previously, the Department of Veterans Affairs certified whether a business was owned by a service-disabled veteran for awarding VA contracts, but businesses only needed to self-certify for contracts awarded by any other federal agency, Military.com reported.

In keeping self-certification afloat, the SBA said it was consistent with other programs, such as the Women-Owned Small Business Program, which allow for self-certification. The agency said it plans to do a comprehensive review of all self-certification programs and anticipated sunsetting any self-certification in five years, Military.com reported.

The SBA estimated that applying for and maintaining formal certification would take businesses about three hours and cost $280.32 per applicant.

"SBA's final rule does not require additional information or documents that the firm would not already have on hand and does not impose additional burdens on the participant," the SBA stated in the Federal Register.

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and other Republican senators are sponsoring a provision tucked into the Senate's version of the annual defense spending bill seeking to crack down on stolen valor by targeting businesses that lie about being veteran-owned.
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