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Acquisition Policy Flash! 16-03


Increasing the Contractor Response Rate for Contract Records in the System for Award Management (SAM)

Purpose:  To reinforce with all VA Contracting Officers (CO) the requirement to ensure their service contractors enter FY15 data on covered contracts into SAM NLT January 30, 2016.

This annual requirement has been levied by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) and is related to the annual Service Contract Inventory (SCI).

VA contracting officials should note that OFPP tracks compliance rates across all participating government agencies.

While VA reporting this FY is higher than it was last FY, to date almost 60% of our contractors have not complied with this contract requirement.

Action Required: CO’s are instructed to inform contractors that non-compliance will have a strong effect on their annual Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).

This requires immediate action on the part of VA COs to ensure compliance with the FAR clauses cited in the attachment (Acquisition Flash 16-01).

Dated:  January 15, 2016

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