You are required to maintain a current FAC-C certificate in order to continue serving as a Contracting Officer.
You must obtain a current FAC-C certificate prior to requesting a warrant.
The dollar threshold of each application should be based on your office’s organizational need. A Contract Specialist should demonstrate progressive acquisition experience as a FAC-C certified 1102 employee with responsibilities for projects commensurate to the dollar threshold of the warrant request. The determination to issue a Contracting Officer warrant is not based on the aggregate value of an applicant’s assignments, but the value of the highest contract they may be administering.
If you allow your CLP’s to lapse you can no longer legally sign any Department of Veterans Affairs contract action. Any action signed during this lapsed period is illegal and will require ratification.
Name changes due to marriage, and name changes processed through the legal system.
The Contracting Officer warrant issued within VA cannot be used to award and administer contracts at other federal agencies outside of VA. Upon departure from VA employment, the VA warrant must be rescinded/terminated.
No. Each application is reviewed and an approval will only be based on VA’s organizational need. Your justification memo should not use your previous warrant authority as justification for a VA warrant.
No. A warrant application is not required to maintain your authority as a Contracting Officer if you are submitting CLPs to fulfill your 80 hours of training. Your CLPs should be completed and uploaded into the system prior to the expiration of your current FAC-C certificate date.
FAC-C certification is based on a combination of Education, Training, Experience and Continuous Learning. You should contact the Department’s Acquisition Career Manager for additional guidance.
You have two years to meet the minimum training requirements of 80 hours of classroom instruction. There is no yearly minimum requirement. A best practice is to acquire approximately half of your required CLPs each year.
Continuous learning opportunities should be used to obtain acquisition skills and/or agency specific training. Contact your ACM should you have specific questions about a course or developmental opportunity.
Yes, your warrant will be suspended and you will lose the ability to sign any legal contractual agreements. At this time, you will be required to re-apply for a “Warrant” only application after receipt of the your new updated FAC-C certificate.
13. Based on my office's workload, I don't expect to need a warrant higher than a Level I. Once I receive my FAC-C certification for Level I, what must I do to maintain my current FAC-C certification?
You will need to participate in 80 hours of classroom training every two years.
Training can be taken at any time during the two year period. However, completing your training early will not change the anniversary date by which the training needs to be completed.
The final decision is made by the Department’s Acquisition Career Manager’s (ACM) office.
The Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) for each VA Bureau will approve or disapprove warrant requests as appropriate.
17. What warrant level is required to award the base contract for a Multiple Award Task Order Contract with a maximum total contract value of $150 million, but where the minimum guarantee for each contract is only $2,000?
To award a base contract for a Multiple Award Task Order Contract with a maximum total contract value of $150 million, but where the minimum guarantee for each contract is only $2,000; the contracting officer needs to have a warrant of $150 million (or more).