Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Initiative
On October 20, 2004, President Bush signed Executive Order 13360 to help broaden federal contracting opportunities to Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) owners who incurred disabilities while serving in the Armed Forces. Federal agencies are directed to develop a strategy to significantly increase the Federal contracting and subcontracting of service-disable veteran businesses.
In a message for all Department of State employees, the Secretary urges "all employees who have a role in the acquisition process, whether as program managers or as acquisition officials, to be proactive ensuring that service disabled veteran-owned firms are included in the competitive process. Our committment is to improve our record for awarding contracts to these very important people, the brave men and women who sacrificed their health in the service to their country."