Government Contracts Two Proposed Rules Continue VAAR Streamlining
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Two Proposed Rules Continue VAAR Streamlining

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing to amend and update its acquisition regulation in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by Federal Acquisition Regulation changes, move any internal VA procedural guidance to the VA Acquisition Manual, and incorporate new agency-specific regulations and policies. These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR, remove outdated and duplicative requirements, and reduce burden on contractors. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed regulations, as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. VA will combine related topics, as appropriate.

Service Contracting. Two proposed rule continue VA’s updating process. One rule (¶73,010.23) would amend VAAR requirements concerning negotiated contracts and contracting for services. The rule would revise VAAR Part 801, Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations System, VAAR Part 815, Contracting by Negotiation, VAAR Part 816, Types of Contracts, VAAR Part 837, Service Contracting, VAAR Part 849, Termination of Contracts, VAAR Part 852, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, and VAAR Part 871, Loan Guaranty and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Programs.

Construction and A-E. The other proposed rule (¶73,010.24) would revise VAAR requirements concerning contracts for construction and architect-engineer services. The rule would revise VAAR Part 801, Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations System, VAAR Part 825, Foreign Acquisition, VAAR Part 836, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts,VAAR Part 842, Contract Administration and Audit Services, VAAR Part 846, Quality Assurance, VAAR Part 852, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, and VAAR Part 853, Forms. A full listing of the impacted regulations appears in the table below. Comments on each rule are due November 6, 2018.

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