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Acquisition Policy Flash! 17-07

What's Changed?

Use of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) for Major Acquisitions (Revised)

Purpose:  The purpose of this Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) is to redefine the mandatory use of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) for all acquisitions valued above $7 million (including options) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  IPTs are also required for complex acquisitions valued at less than $7 million when there is considerable technical, program, or business risk to the Government.  This PPM rescinds and replaces PPM 2013-07, Use of Integrated Product Teams (IPT) for Major Acquisitions, dated May 24, 2013.

VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Section Impacted:  None

Effective Date:  December 1, 2016

Expiration Date:  This PPM expires once incorporated into the revised Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) or the new Veterans Affairs Acquisition Manual (VAAM) or if rescinded.

Background:  An IPT is a cross-functional team that is led by a program manager (PM).  The IPT must work collaboratively to develop strategies and approaches to meet specific acquisition and program objectives.  The goals of the IPT are to:

  1. Define and refine the technical requirements;
  2. Discuss risks and develop mitigation strategies;
  3. Decide on the acquisition milestones and process to ensure success; and
  4. Accomplish effective lifecycle acquisition, contract, and performance management to provide the best value to the VA customer.

Applicability:  This policy applies to all acquisitions valued above $7 million (including options) and are required for complex acquisitions valued at less than $7 million, when there is considerable technical, program, or business risk to the Government.

Action Required:  Effective immediately, Heads of the Contracting Activities (HCAs), VA Contracting Officers (COs) and other VA acquisition professionals shall comply with the policy and procedures outlined in VA Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) 2017-05.

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