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Boback Applauds Governor’s Executive Order Aimed at Assisting Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
HARRISBURG – Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) today praised a recent executive order by Gov. Tom Corbett that directs state government entities to better inform Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Enterprises (SDVBE) and Veteran-Owned Small Business Enterprises (VBE) about state government contracts.

“I am pleased to see Governor Tom Corbett recognize the sacrifices of Pennsylvania’s veterans with this new administrative policy,” said Boback. “I co-sponsored legislation that would have accomplished similar results, but the executive order means the policy can go into effect immediately. Our veterans have earned this special acknowledgment through their dedicated service.”

Boback was one of more than 100 co-sponsors of legislation authored by Rep. Nick Miccarelli (R-Delaware) to increase the participation of veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned business in state public works projects.

Executive Order 2011-10 states, “The purpose of the executive order is to ensure that agencies substantially increase opportunities for VBEs and SDVBEs to participate in Commonwealth contracting opportunities as contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and professional service providers.”

The Department of General Services (DGS) will oversee the effort and establish a certification process for VBEs and SDVBEs. DGS also will contact VBEs and SDVBEs, along with veteran organizations, to inform them of procurement opportunities and to solicit their participation. In addition, it will identify and contact appropriate non-profit organizations that employ veterans with disabilities to make them aware of possible contracting opportunities.

All state government agencies are directed by the order to participate in outreach activities and solicit VBEs and SDVBEs to compete for contracts. The order also states that when permitted by law, agencies should consider the VBE and SDVBE status as a factor in the procurement process.

In addition to supporting this measure, Boback, a long-time advocate for veterans, also coordinates many opportunities for veterans and their families to receive information about programs available to those who have served in the United States military. She serves on the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and is subcommittee chairman of Military and Veterans Facilities, in addition to serving on the Veterans’ Home Advisory Council for the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center (Northeastern). More information is available at and

State Representative Karen Boback
117th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Nicole Wamsley
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