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Acquisition Policy Flash! 14-01

Reminder!

Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) 2013-06, Interagency Acquisitions (Revised)

Purpose:  To inform the VA Acquisition Workforce of the rescission of Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) 2013-06, “Interagency Acquisitions (IAs), Guidance and Procedures” that was signed by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics on December 31, 2013. PPM 2013-06 is replaced by PPM 2013-06, “Interagency Acquisitions (IAs), Guidance, and Procedures” (Revised).  The updated PPM (attached) has been revised to increase oversight measures requested by the Office of the Inspector General of VA. Specifically, letter “d” under Section 5.2, “VA Policy” has been revised to read as follows:

“Heads of Contracting Activities (HCAs) shall develop and implement guidance ensuring only qualified individuals with appropriate training are assigned to all existing and future interagency acquisitions.”

The revised PPM has been signed by the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy, Systems and Oversight (003A2), Deputy Senior Procurement Executive (DSPE).

This memorandum also supersedes IL 001AL-09-04, Managing Interagency Acquisitions, dated March 23, 2009, and all supplementary agency guidance issued pertaining to interagency agreements.

Dated:  December 31, 2013

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Sections Impacted:  FAR 17.5, Interagency Acquisitions.

Effective Date:  Immediately

Expiration Date:  N/A

Background:  This PPM addresses the requirements of FAR Subpart 17.5, Interagency Acquisitions. An interim rule (FAC 2005-47), was published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2010, to ensure that the benefits of interagency acquisitions are consistently achieved across the federal government.  As a result of public comments, changes were made to the interim rule to make it clear that FAR Subpart 17.5 applies to interagency acquisitions when an agency needing supplies or services obtains them using another agency’s contract; or when one agency uses another agency to provide acquisition assistance, such as awarding and administering a contract, a task order, or delivery order.  The final rule (FAC 2005-55) revising FAR Subpart 17.5 took effect on February 2, 2012.

Action Required:  Effective immediately, contracting officers shall comply with the guidance and procedures outlined in VA PPM 2013-06 (Revised) when entering into any interagency acquisitions.

Additional Information:  Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) at (202) 632-5288 or va.procurement.policy@va.gov.