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VA RIN: 2900-AP82 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Revise and Streamline VA Acquisition Regulation to Adhere to Federal Acquisition Regulation Principles (VAAR Case 2014-V002, Parts 816, 828) 

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it corrects inconsistencies, removes redundancies and duplicate material already covered by the FAR; it deletes outdated material or information and appropriately renumbers VAAR text and clauses and provisions where required to comport with FAR format, numbering and arrangement;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 VAARs 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 816 and 828, and as a result of these changes revises small portions of VAAR part 852 (Solicitation provisions and contract clauses), as appropriate. 

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR 816    48 CFR 828    48 CFR 852   
Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)    48 CFR 1.3   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The proposed needed changes include adding a section on consignment agreements which defines and describes the consignment agreement acquisition method used for satisfying the need for immediate and on-going requirements.  We propose to remove the section, Letters of Availability, as that procurement method is no longer in use in VA. Also, we propose to revise the section, Insurance Under Fixed-Price Contracts, to clarify the provision prescription for when insurance is required for solicitations when utilizing term or continuing fixed priced contracts for ambulance, automobile and aircraft service. 

Summary of the Legal Basis:

40 U.S.C. 121(c), 48 CFR 1.3


Anticipated Costs and Benefits:


Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2017 
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