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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) External link to a government website or VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR).  Deviations are processed in accordance with FAR 1.400, Deviations from the FAR External link to a government website; 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 of the Contracting Activity (HCA).  Upon HCA approval, the HCA or designee may submit the deviation request to the Procurement Policy Service at
  • 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 (PPS) at

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

PPS will review the deviation request to determine its appropriateness and request any additional information, as needed.  If the deviation request is approved, PPS will format the request, and prepare it for the Deputy Senior Procurement Executive’s (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
Implement an Appropriations Provision Related to Internal Confidentiality Agreements and the Reporting of Fraud, Waste, or Abuse (FAR Part 12) 04/09/2015 Class Superseded
Permanent Authority for Use of Simplified Acquisition Procedures under FAR 13.5, Test Program for Certain Commercial Items 01/16/2015 Class Active
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) — Expired (See Acquisition Policy Flash! 15-01, Biobased Reporting 11/27/2012 Class Expired
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
Veterans Benefits Administration Authority for Architect-Engineer Services in VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Subpart 836.6 07/20/2017 Class Active
Debarment, Suspension and Ineligibility (802.101 and 809.4) 06/02/2017 Class Active
Review Requirements - OGC (801.602-75) 04/12/2017 Class Active
Increased Dollar Threshold to the Simplified Acquisition Threshold for VA Form 10-2421 (813.307 and 853.213) 03/31/2017 Class Active
Nonmanufacturer Rule Waiver to the Small Business Administration (SBA) (819.102) 02/17/2017 Class Active
Responsibilities (815.303) 12/15/2016 Class Active
Technical Review Requirements (801.602-71) 10/06/2016 Class Active
Approval of the Justification (806.304) 08/10/2016 Class Active
Implementation of the Veterans First Contracting Program as a Result of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision (Veterans First Contracting Program (VFCP 2016)) 07/25/2016 Class Active
Required Sources of Supplies and Services, and Priorities for Use of Government Supplies Sources (808 and 808.002) 05/05/2016 Class Active
Employee Empowerment Initiative (EEI) (801.602-70, 801.602-71, and 801.602-72) 12/15/2015 Class Active
Contracts Regarding Option Year Contracts and Terms Exceeding 5 Years (817.204) 12/15/2015 Class Active
Employee Empowerment Initiative (EEI) (832.202-1(d) and 832.202) 12/15/2015 Class Active
Language Clarification - Requirements (806.501) 12/15/2015 Class Active
Debarment, Suspension and Ineligibility (802.101 and 809.400) 04/30/2015 Class Active
Representatives of Contracting Officers (801.603-70) 11/19/2014 Class Active
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