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Advocates for Competition and Task-Order and Delivery Order Ombudsman

Advocates for Competition and the Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman are dedicated to ensuring full and open competition as a part of the Federal contracting process. Within the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Advocates for Competition are at the Agency and contracting activity levels. The Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman is at the Agency level.

Responsibilities

Advocates for Competition are responsible for (see FAR subpart 6.5):

  • Promoting full and open competition;
  • Promoting the acquisition of commercial items;
  • Challenging requirements that are not stated in terms of functions to be performed, performance required or essential physical characteristics;
  • Challenging barriers to the acquisition of commercial items and full and open competition such as unnecessarily restrictive statements of work, unnecessarily detailed specifications, and unnecessarily burdensome contract clauses.

Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman is responsible for (see FAR 16.505(b)(8)):

  • Reviewing complaints from contractors under multiple-award indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts to ensure they are afforded a fair opportunity to be considered, consistent with the procedures in the contract.

To submit a complaint to the Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman regarding the fair opportunity process related to a task or delivery order, please send a full description of your complaint along with relevant order information, such as task or delivery order number, IDIQ contract number, solicitation number, and name of contracting officer to AcquisitionRMCS@va.gov. Contracting officers will be notified of any complaints submitted to the Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman.

Designation and Contact Information

The Associate Executive Director, Office of Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight is designated as the Agency Advocate for Competition (see VAAR 806.501) and the Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman (see VAAR 816.505).

Task-Order and Delivery-Order Ombudsman

Deeneen Akeo
Associate Executive Director
Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight

Agency Advocate for Competition

Deeneen Akeo
Associate Executive Director
Procurement Policy, Systems and Oversight

Contracting Activity level Advocates for Competition

Construction and Facilities Management
Zebulon Fox
Associate Executive Director
Office of Facilities Acquisition

National Cemetery Administration
Ronald Hirtle
Director
Contracting Service

National Acquisition Center
Joy M. Smith
Supervisory Contract Specialist

Technology Acquisition Center
Jason Bullen
Procurement and Resources Specialist

Strategic Acquisition Center – Fredericksburg, VA
Adam Spacht
Director
Compliance Service

Strategic Acquisition Center – Frederick, MD
Efrain Fernandez
Director

Veterans Benefit Administration
Alyssa M. Dark
Acting Chief
Acquisition Division
Office of Administration and Facilities

Veterans Health Administration – Regional Procurement Office East
Gerald Jacobs
Acting Executive Director

Veterans Health Administration – Regional Procurement Office Central
Daryl Berg
Acting Executive Director

Veterans Health Administration – Regional Procurement Office West
Curtis Jordan
Executive Director