The SDVOSB program is self-certifying, meaning that no verification process is currently required. It will be necessary to indicate the status of the business as “Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business” in the section of the federal System for Award Management (SAM) applicable to socio-economic categories. Individual Contracting Officers may require documentation of eligibility before awarding set-aside or sole source contracts under the program and awards may be subject to protest if the eligibility of the successful bidder is in question. Documentation may include a copy of DD214 and evidence for Department of Veterans Affairs award of service-connected disability (0% to 100%). Significant penalties, including prison sentences, have been imposed on some contractors found to have fraudulently claimed SDVOSB status.