Presidential Directive

Executive Order 13360 of October 20, 2004

Providing Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veteran Businesses To Increase Their Federal Contracting and Subcontracting

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to strengthen opportunities in Federal contracting for service-disabled veteran businesses, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Policy.

America honors the extraordinary service rendered to the united States by veterans with disabilities incurred or aggravated in the line of duty during active service with the armed forces. Heads of agencies shall provide the opportunity for service-disabled veteran businesses to significantly increase the Federal contracting and subcontracting of such businesses. To achieve that objective, agencies shall more effectively implement section 15(g) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(g)), 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 section 36 of that Act (15 U.S.C. 657f), which gives agency contracting officers the authority to reserve certain procurements for service-disabled veteran businesses.

Sec. 2. Duties of Agency Heads.

To implement the policy set forth in section 1, heads of agencies shall:

  1. develop a strategy to implement the policy set forth in section 1;
  2. make the agency's strategy publicly available and report annually to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration on implementation of the agency's strategy;
  3. designate a senior-level official who shall be responsible for developing and implementing the agency's strategy;
  4. include development and implementation of the agency's strategy and achievements in furtherance of the strategy as significant elements in any performance plans of the agency's designated agency senio-level official, chief aqcuisition officer, and director of small and disadvantaged business utilization; and
  5. include in the agency's strategy plans for:
    1. reserving agency contracts exclusively for service-disabled veteran businesses;
    2. encouraging and facilitating participation by service-disabled veteran businesses in competitions for award of agency contracts;
    3. encouraging agency contractors to subcontract with service-disabled veteran businesses and actively monitoring and evaluating agency contractors' efforts to do so;
    4. training agency personnel on applicable law and policies relating to participation of service-disabled veteran businesses in federal contracting; and
    5. disseminating information to service-disabled veteran businesses that would assist these businesses in participating in awards of agency contracts.