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Acquisition Policy Flash! 17-10

Reminder!

Contractor Employee Whistleblower Rights and Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower Rights

Purpose:  To remind VA procurement personnel that FAR Subpart 3.908-9 requires all solicitations and contracts that exceed the Simplified Acquisition Threshold (SAT) to include the clause at FAR Subpart 52.203-17, Contractor Employee Whistleblower Rights and Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower Rights.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Sections Referenced:  FAR Subparts 3.908-9 and 52.203-17

Effective Date:  Immediately

Background:  FAR Subpart 3.908-9 (effective date: September 30, 2013) requires contracting officers to insert the clause at FAR Subpart 52.203-17, Contractor Employee Whistleblower Rights and Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower Rights, in all solicitations and contracts that exceed the SAT.  A review indicated the vast majority of recently-issued VA contracts that exceed the SAT do not include the clause at FAR Subpart 52.203-17.

Applicability:  This notice applies to VA contracting officers.

Action Required:  As required by FAR Subpart 3.908-9, contracting officers shall insert the clause at FAR Subpart 52.203.17, Contractor Employee Whistleblower Rights and Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower Rights in all solicitations and contracts that exceed the SAT.

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.