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Acquisition Policy Flash! 15-04

What's Changed?

Class Deviation VAAR 801.603-70, Representatives of Contracting Officers

Purpose:  The purpose of this Acquisition Flash is to inform the VA Acquisition Workforce of changes to VAAR regarding the Contracting Officer’s ability to delegate ordering officer authority to individuals for non-VA contracts.

Dated:  November 19, 2014

VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Section Impacted:  VAAR 801.603-70(b).

Effective Date:  Immediately

Background:  In 2010, the Department issued an ordering officer deviation to allow a Contracting Officer (CO) to grant non-warranted individuals the authority to place orders using any VA-awarded contract or Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA).  However, the 2010 deviation did not contain an ordering officer provisions for use under contracts awarded outside VA.  In August 2008, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required Federal agencies to use the General Services Administration (GSA) Networx contract to acquire various telecommunications requirements.  The contract contains provisions for the appointment of Designated Agency Representatives (DARs) or Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs), who have authorization to place Networx orders for their agencies’ telecommunications service requirements.  The 2010 deviation does not allow ordering officer appointments for non-VA contracts.  Networx is a non-VA contract awarded by GSA, and required for agency use by OMB.  A deviation is required to allow ordering officer appointments for Networx and other non-VA contracts when they are mandated for agency use, or when necessary for efficient ordering of large or complex workloads.

Applicability:  The attached deviation applies to non-VA awards containing provisions for the use of ordering officers.

Additional Information:  Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) at