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Friday, May 22, 2020

More Proposed Changes to VA Acquisition Regulation

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

A proposed rule would amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation at VAAR Part 809, Contractor Qualifications; VAAR Part 841, Acquisition of Utility Services; and VAAR Part 842, Contract Administration and Audit Services. The rules proposes to revise these three parts of the VAAR in their entirety. The rule also includes two new clauses. Proposed VAAR 852.841-70, Disputes—Utility Contracts, would be used in solicitations and contracts for utility services subject to the jurisdiction and regulation of a utility rate commission. The clause provides that matters involving the interpretation of tariffed retail rates, tariff rate schedules, and tariffed terms are subject to any determinations by the independent regulatory body having jurisdiction.

Streamlining Initiative. Proposed VAAR 852.242-71, Administrative Contracting Officer, would be used in all construction solicitations and contracts expected to exceed the micro-purchase threshold. This clause states that the contracting officer reserves the right to designate an administrative CO to perform certain tasks and duties in the administration of the contract and that the CO will make the designation in writing through a delegation letter. VA issued the rule in connection with its VAAR revision and streamlining initiative. VA is proposing to amend and update the VAAR in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, move internal VA procedural guidance to the VA Acquisition Manual, and incorporate new VA-specific regulations and policies. Comments on the proposed rule are due June 19, 2020. For the text of the rule, see ¶73,010.39.

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