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VA RIN: 2900-AP50 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation to Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V001, Parts 803, 814, 822) 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) to update the VAAR to current FAR requirements, thresholds, definitions, and titles; it provides new definitions, updated VA titles and offices; it corrects inconsistencies, removes redundancies and duplicate material already covered by the FAR; it deletes outdated material or information and appropriately renumbers VAAR text and clauses and provisions where required to comport with FAR format, numbering and arrangement; and, it provides VA acquisition regulations necessary to implement FAR policies and procedures within VA, as well as additional policies, procedures, solicitation provisions, or contract clauses that supplement the FAR to satisfy VA mission needs. This proposed rule revises VAAR parts 803, 814, and 822.  Other revisions to the entirety of the affected parts are planned in later proposed rules when those parts are revised in full.

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR 801    48 CFR 802    48 CFR 803    48 CFR 812    48 CFR 814    48 CFR 822    48 CFR 852    48 CFR 1.301 to 1.304    ...     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)    38 U.S.C. 501    41 U.S.C. 1121(c)(3)    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The needed changes include proposing to remove an information collection burden from the VAAR because it is based on an outdated practice in providing bid envelopes. We propose to add additional definitions to ensure a common understanding and meaning of terms related to debarment and suspensions in the department. We are proposing to update the policy governing improper business practices and personal conflicts of interests and to clarify the language regarding the prohibition of contractors from making reference in its commercial advertising regarding VA contracts to avoid implying that the Government approves or endorses products or services.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

38 U.S.C. 501, 40 U.S.C. 121(c), 41 U.S.C. 1121(c)(3), 48 CFR 301-1.304


Anticipated Costs and Benefits:


Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ricky L. Clark
Senior Procurement Analyst (003A2A)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Services, 425 I Street NW.,
Washington, DC 20001
Phone:202 632-5276