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Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) 2015-02, Guidance for VA Procurement Related Suspension and Debarment Committee
Purpose: This PPM includes procedures for the Suspension and Debarment Committee to utilize when evaluating referrals based on allegations of willful and intentional misrepresentation of Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)/Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) status.
Dated: May 8, 2015
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Sections Impacted: FAR Subpart 9.406 and VAAR 809.406
Effective Date: Immediately
Background: On August 6, 2012, Section 706 of Public Law (P.L.) 112-154, Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, amended 38 U.S.C. § 8127(g), requiring VA to debar for a minimum of five years any business concerns which have willfully and intentionally misrepresented their service-disabled, Veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) status or Veteran-owned small business (VOSB) status. In a recent audit the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), GAO-12-697, found that the VA didn’t have sufficient fraud-prevention controls in place to prosecute violators who misrepresent their SDVOSB or VOSB status. In its report to the congressional committee, GAO recommended that the VA take additional steps to reduce program vulnerabilities to fraud and abuse. This PPM implements specific processes and criteria for VA to comply with 38 U.S.C. § 8127(g).
Applicability: This PPM applies to the VA Debarment and Suspension Committee for Procurement and the Suspending and Debarring Officials.
Action Required: Effective immediately, the Suspension and Debarment Committee shall utilize the following revised definitions and guidance outlined in the PPM.
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 email@example.com.
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