Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business

SDVOB Procurement

Under NYS Executive Law Article 17-B:

State University of New York is required to ensure that Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs), certified by the New York State Office of General Services (OGS), have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in University procurements.

A service-disabled veteran is defined as:

(1) in the case of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Army National Guard or Air National Guard and/or Reserves thereof, a veteran who received a compensation rating of ten percent or greater from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or from the United States Department of Defense because of a service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty; and

(2) in the case of the New York guard or the New York naval militia and/or reserves thereof, a veteran who is certified by the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, pursuant to the appropriate provisions contained within the Code of Federal Regulations, as having incurred an injury equivalent to a compensation rating of ten percent or greater from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or from the United States Department of Defense because of a service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty.

OGS maintains the Directory (excel doc.) of NYS Certified SDVOBs. The Directory of NYS Certified SDVOBs is also posted on the OGS website.

SUNY's policy and New York State Executive Laws Article 15-A and 17-B require campuses and the vendors whom they do business with to make a "good faith effort" toward the realization of SUNY's MWBE and SDVOB goals in its procurement of commodities and services. A comprehensive "good faith effort" includes, but is not limited to, the following strategies:

For SUNY Campuses:

  • Strategic outreach to M/WBE and SDVOB organizations and advertisement in appropriate general circulation, trade and M/WBE and SDVOB oriented media.
  • Request for bids/quotes must be made in timely manner by placing advertisements in the New York State Contract Reporter and mainstream media.
  • Follow-up telephone calls/emails to MWBE and SDVOB vendors to encourage participation.
  • Campuses should utilize their discretionary authority to increase their M/WBE and SDVOB participation.
  • Campuses should match their local MWBE and SDVOB vendors to future procurement opportunities and notify these vendors of the opportunities.

Direct negotiation with MWBE and SDVOBs in reaching mutually acceptable prices

When an MWBE or SDVOB vendor submits a quote and the quote is estimated high, to demonstrate Good Faith Effort, the campus should engage in direct negotiation with the vendor in an effort to reach a competitive price. This step to display a good faith effort is not applicable to those cases where an MWBE or SDVOB quote is rejected in favor of another MWBE or SDVOB or when there is a sealed bid. This practice should allow for a second chance when pricing is close and should not become a back and forth. SUNY Cortland will allow one chance to make a more competitive offer. 

Our Purchasing Department is here to help so please contact Kristi Hughston at 607-753-2582 with any questions.

 

Kristi Hughston
Supplier Diversity Program Manager
SUNY Cortland
P.O. Box 2000
Broadway House
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-2582