An effort by the House Small Business Committee to transfer verification of small business veteran businesses to the Small Business Administration is laudable – but could go further. At issue is the fact that the Veterans Affairs Department alone of all federal agencies requires independent verification of veteran-owned small business status before being willing to enter into a set-aside contract with such a business.
The federal government, I've argued before, is mostly a force for good in American society. It played vital roles in desegregation. Its social net programs ensure that the United States is more than a market of consumers, but a society that protects its vulnerable (something that's vital for the long-term survival of that market, as well, although those who would support poverty alleviation for utilitarian purposes only lack a soul). Its ability to regulate across the nation ensures modicums of basic safety and health standards at home and at work.