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VA RIN: 2900-AP58 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation to Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V005, Parts 812, 813) 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) as part of a project to update the VAAR. Under this initiative, all parts of the regulation are being reviewed and updated in phased increments to incorporate any new regulations or policies and to remove any procedural guidance that is internal to the VA. This project aims to streamline the VAAR to implement and supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) only when required, and to eliminate internal agency guidance in keeping with the FAR principles concerning agency acquisition regulations.

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 1.3    48 CFR 812    48 CFR 813    48 CFR 852   
Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to revise the VAAR to add new policy or regulatory requirements and to remove any guidance that is applicable only to VA’s internal operating processes or procedures. FAR 1.302, Limitations, requires that agency acquisition regulations shall be limited only to those necessary to implement the FAR policies and procedures within the agency and to any additional information needed to supplement the FAR to satisfy the specific needs of the agency. The needed changes include proposing to delete paragraphs when adequately addressed in the FAR, add new subsections to clarify that FAR applies to specific parts, and to remove sections such as the section that deals with internal procedures for obtaining a waiver to tailor solicitations, to be inconsistent with customary commercial practice.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

40 U.S.C. 121(c)


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