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About NJ's 3% Set Aside Rule

As you may or may not be aware,  he New Jersey “Set-Aside Act for Disabled Veterans’ Businesses” (“SDVOSB”), N.J.S.A. 52:32-31.1 et seq requires all New Jersey Government Departments and Agencies to place at least 3% of all their vendor award contracts with a Certified SDVOSB.  In fact, the New Jersey Treasurer has rules pending adoption that will implement this set-aside obligation. Our hope is that your Company will consider using our services as the need arises for consultative support, data management, analytics, administrative support and administrative solutions.  

The New Jersey “Set-Aside Act for Disabled Veterans’ Businesses” (“SDVOSB”), N.J.S.A. 52:32-31.1 et seq. (PL.2015, c. 116, s1.) was enacted into law in 2015.  This Law requires that every New Jersey Department, Agency, Committee, Board and Commission (“Contracting Agency) must make a good faith effort to ensure that at least 3% of all It’s contracting dollars are placed or set-aside each year with disabled veteran businesses recognized as such by the State of New Jersey.  


Each year all Contracting Agencies must establish a Plan identifying those contracts, purchases and expenditures that will be placed with a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and said Plan shall be filed and approved by the NJ Treasurer. At the end of each year, Contracting Agencies shall report their compliance with this Law to the Treasurer identifying the amount, award and other significant details.  

  1. At the beginning of each year agencies can create a list of those specific contracts and purchases that will be set-aside for SDVOSB placement. 
  2. When an agency determines to issue an RFP, RFI, or blanket contract for services or products it shall consult the list of qualified SDVOSBs maintained by the Treasurer to determine if there are any qualified veteran business that can perform on the contract. 
  3. When an agency determines the need to issue a major award to a large business, the RFP shall require that the large business identify how it will place at least 3% of the total award with an SDVOSB in its’ proposal.  Any proposals not demonstrating how compliance with the Set-Aside Act will be achieved shall be not be awarded.  


To prepare organizations like yours that currently do business with NJ state departments and plan to bid on projects, I would like to make you aware of WJOB LLC, which is a certified Service-Disabled Veteran- Owned Small Business that can help you meet the required set aside. 

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