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Acquisition Policy Flash! 17-25

What's Changed?

Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) 2017-07, Procedures for Nominating Candidates and Obtaining a Contracting Officer’s Warrant

Purpose:  To inform the VA Acquisition Workforce about the issuance of PPM 2017-07.  The PPM provides policy and updated procedural guidance for nominating candidates and obtaining a Contracting Officer’s warrant.  This PPM supersedes PPM 2013-09, Procedures for Nominating Candidates and Obtaining a Warrant dated August 15, 2013.

Dated:  July 20, 2017

Effective Date:  August 1, 2017

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) Sections referenced  FAR 1.6 and VAAR 801.603, and VAAR 801.690

Background:  The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Letter 05-01 dated April 15, 2005, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum dated January 20, 2006 mandated that all federal agencies develop and maintain an acquisition career management program to ensure the development of a competent, and professional workforce to support the agency’s mission.  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented these policies to comply with Title 41 U.S.C. § 414(4).

In 2011, VA restructured its organization to maximize the existing functionality of VA procurement operations to comply with the OFPP and OMB policies.  As a result of the reorganization, both FAC-C certification and Warrant Management fall under the purview of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics who is also the Senior Procurement Executive (SPE).  However, the two programs are managed by separate Associate Deputy Assistant Secretaries (ADAS).  The ADAS for Program Support is responsible for the FAC-C certification program.  The ADAS for Procurement Policy, Oversight and Systems is responsible for warrant management. The Deputy SPE (DSPE) has signatory authority for all warrants issued in the VA.

Applicability:  This policy applies to all members of the VA Acquisition Workforce who are eligible to receive a Contracting Officer’s warrant.

Action Required:  Effective immediately all members of the VA Acquisition Workforce are required to submit a request for a Contracting Officer warrant in accordance with the procedures in the subject 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