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Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)

Regulatory Deviations

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A deviation is the issuance or use of a policy, procedure, solicitation provision, contract clause, method, or practice of conducting acquisition actions of any kind at any stage of the acquisition process that is inconsistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) or VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR).  Deviations are processed in accordance with FAR 1.400, Deviations from the FAR; VAAR 801.4, Deviations from the FAR or VAAR.  In general, an approved deviation may authorize lesser or greater limitations on the use of any solicitation provision, contract clause, policy, or procedure prescribed by the FAR or VAAR.

A deviation is either from the FAR or VAAR, and may be either an individual and class deviation.  An individual deviation affects only one contact action, while a class deviation affects more than one contract action.

  • For individual deviations, VAAR 801.403(b) requires a contracting officer to submit a deviation request through the Head Contracting Activity (HCA).  Upon HCA approval, the HCA or designee may submit the deviation request to the Procurement Policy Service at va.procurement.policy@va.gov
  • For class deviations, any VA employee that finds that a class deviation is necessary may submit a request to their respective HCA.  Upon HCA approval, the HCA or designee may submit the deviation request to the Procurement Policy Service at va.procurement.policy@va.gov.

The deviation request must clearly state the circumstances warranting the deviation and the nature of the deviation.

Procurement Policy Service will review the deviation request to determine its appropriateness and request any additional information, as needed.  If the deviation request is approved, Procurement Policy will format the request, and prepare for DSPE signature.  Upon DSPE approval of an individual deviation, the requester will be notified.  Upon DSPE approval of a class deviation, the deviation will be issued via acquisition alert and made available on this site.

FAR Deviations
Title Date Type Status
Establishing Minimim Wage for Contractors (52.222-99) 09/09/2014 Class Active
Set-Asides for Woman-Owned Small Businesses (19.505(b) and (c)) 06/04/2013 Class Active
Approval of Justification (6.304(a)(1)) 12/27/2012 Class Active
Biobased Products Reporting Requirement (52.223-2) 11/27/2012 Class Active
Providing Accelerated Payment to Small Business Subcontractors (52.232-99) 11/05/2012 Class Active
Certification Regarding Responsibility Matters (52.209-5) 10/22/2012 Class Active
Electronic Submission of Invoices (32.905) 12/08/2008 Class Active
Test Program for Certain Commercial Items (13.5) 03/01/2010 Class Expired
Updates of Information Regarding Responsibility Matters (52.209-8) 11/02/2010 Class Superseded
Acquisition Information Technology (Part 39) 12/08/2008 Class Superseded
VAAR Deviations
Title Date Type Status
Ratification of Unauthorized Commitments (801.602-3) 05/03/2013 Class Active
Sole Source Awards to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Concerns (819.7007(b)) and Sole Source Awards to Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) Concerns (819.7008(b)) 12/27/2012 Class Active
Indefinite-quantity contracts (816.504) 10/11/2012 Class Active
Continuation of Contracts (809.405-1) 10/01/2012 Class Active
Eligibility (819.7003) 06/01/2012 Class Expired
Deviation for Deputy Senior Procurement Executive Duties (801.304) 04/16/2012 Class Active
Representation of Contracting Officers (801.603-70) 10/20/2010 Class Active
Vendor Information Pages Deviation (804.1102) 09/10/2010 Class Expired
Documents to submit for legal or technical review - contract modifications (801.602-83)   Individual