Government Contracts Final Rule Updates VAAR Part 817, Special Contracting Methods
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Final Rule Updates VAAR Part 817, Special Contracting Methods

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

The Department of Veterans Affairs has finalized, without substantive change, a proposed rule (¶73,010.30) revising VAAR Part 817, Special Contracting Methods. The rule adds new VAAR Subpart 817.70, Undefinitized Contract Actions, to provide policy and procedures for the use of UCAs, a high-risk procurement method. New VAAR 817.7003, Policy, provides that UCAs should be limited to situations where there is insufficient time to negotiate a definitive contract action to meet the government’s requirements, and where the government’s interests demand that the contractor be given a commitment so that contract performance can begin immediately. A new contract clause, VAAR 852.217-70, Contract Action Definitization, provides specific procedures for definitizing UCAs. The rule also removes VAAR Subparts 817.1, Multi-year Contracting; 817.2, Options; and 817.4, Leader Company Contracting; and revises VAAR Subpart 817.5, Interagency Acquisitions. VA is updating the VAAR in phased increments to revise policy superseded by Federal Acquisition Regulation changes, move internal VA procedural guidance to the VA Acquisition Manual, and incorporate new agency-specific regulations and policies. The final rule goes into effect July 24, 2019. For the text of this rule, see ¶73,010.34.

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