The Department of Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration (NCA) Seeks Veteran and Small Businesses

Event: National Cemetery Administration (NCA) BEC Event- Headstones and Markers Procurement Opportunity
Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Business Engagement Center

801 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Time: 7:45 AM – 1:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time) 
Cost:  Free

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA) provides burial and memorial benefits for Veterans and their eligible family members, and maintains national cemeteries as national shrines, sacred to the honor and memory of those interred or memorialized there. This business networking event intends to inform the industry about product and service needs. Additionally, during this event, NCA will seek feedback from industry about an upcoming procurement being developed.

The procurement opportunity is related to the following:

  • selection of raw granite and marble
  • the production of blank headstones, markers and niche covers;
  • the inscription process of orders for marble and granite headstones; to include final packaging/labeling/palletizing of the inscribed monuments; and
  • the delivery of the finished product to the identified National, Private or State Veterans Cemeteries.

Firms that possess the following NAICS codes are encouraged to attend:

NAICS Description
327991    Cut Stone and Stone Product Manufacturing
488510 Freight Transportation Arrangement
492110 Couriers and Express Delivery Services

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is also interested in meeting new companies who may have an interest in this type of Industry.

Seating is limited. Due to time constraints, only one person, per company, can attend this event.

This event will include two (2) Business Opportunity Sessions (BOS) and a series of Networking Roundtables (NRTs). The first is BOS a question and answer forum during which NCA seeks to gain insights from firms regarding the industry’s best practices to aide NCA’s navigation of procurement challenges. The second BOS will review NCA’s procurement opportunities relevant to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes listed above.

NRTs will provide participants with the opportunity to engage with Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs) and share their capabilities as it pertains to the business opportunities discussed in the earlier mentioned BOS. During the NRTs all PDMs will discuss the spectrum of opportunities outlined during the BOS earlier mentioned. Firms will be permitted to sign-up for only one (1) NRT time-slot.


Registration closes on 12 Noon on Friday, January 25, 2019 or when the maximum capacity is reached whichever comes first.

To register, click here.

If you require special accommodations to attend this event, (i.e. wheelchair access, etc.) please e-mail the Direct Access Program at, noting your requirements.


Participants are responsible for their own parking expenses. Parking validation is not provided.


Alternatively, the office is located nearby the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stations (Yellow, Green and Red lines).

Event logistics will be provided to registrants via a separate confirmation email. If you have any questions about this event, contact the Direct Access Program Team at 202-461-4694, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.

During a time and season that has come to be characterized by Black Friday deals and record breaking travel congestion, taking a little time to honor the people that shape our lives can help mend that part of us that is often neglected by the pressures of our workaday culture.

Stone is polished by hours of work by a skilled craftsman. There is no "coating" that is applied. The beautiful, nearly permanent shine on memorials is created by a series of diamond impregnated pads, water, and a skilled craftsman. If the polishing process is done incorrectly, the stone can overheat causing the stone surface to prematurely crumble.

Sometimes the best way to heal is to remember.