By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
A final rule revises the Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation at VAAR Part 836, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts. The rule also amends corresponding regulations at VAAR Part 801, Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulations System, VAAR Part 825, Foreign Acquisition, 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.
The VA is amending and updating its acquisition regulation in phased increments to revise or remove any policy superseded by Federal Acquisition Regulation changes, move any internal VA procedural guidance to the VA Acquisition Manual, and incorporate new agency-specific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 These changes seek to streamline and align the VAAR with the FAR, remove outdated and duplicative requirements, and reduce contractor burden. The VAAM incorporates portions of the removed regulations, as well as other internal agency acquisition policy. The rule makes one technical non-substantive change and minor formatting and grammatical edits to the proposed rule (¶73,010.24). VA also issued a technical correction at 84 FR 10995. The final rule goes into effect on April 18, 2019. For the text of this final rule, including an elaboration of the changes, see ¶73,010.32.
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