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Acquisition Policy Flash! 17-30

What's New?

New National Interest Action (NIA) for Hurricane Maria 2017

Purpose:  This Acquisition Policy Flash is to provide the acquisition workforce with guidance and the National Interest Action (NIA) code for Hurricane Maria.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Parts Referenced:  N/A

Effective Date:  Immediately

Background:  Pursuant to the agreement between the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to National Interest Actions (NIA), GSA added a new National Interest Action (NIA) to the NIA field in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) as a means of tracking acquisition costs of the multiple Federal agencies involved in Hurricane Maria, an incident of great national interest.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been declared by President Trump to be major disaster areas on September 18, 2017.  Therefore, in accordance with VA Class Deviation – Implementing Revised Statutory Conditions for the Exercise of Special Emergency Procurement Authorities, the emergency acquisition flexibilities listed in FAR Subpart 18.2 are available for use along with existing acquisition flexibilities in FAR Part 18.

Applicability:  This notification is directed to the VA acquisition workforce.

Action Required:  Contracting officers shall comply with the subject deviation.

The following thresholds have been increased as indicated below for contract actions in support of Hurricane Maria:

  • Micro-purchase threshold is increased to $20,000 for any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made in support of the designated areas.
  • Simplified acquisition threshold is increased to $750,000, or $13,000,000 for commercial items, for any contract to be awarded and performed, or purchase to be made in support of the designated areas.
  • • The additional flexibilities in FAR 18.2 cannot be used for any other acquisition.  The threshold increases are specific only to support the designated areas (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).  We expect the designated areas to be revised as the storm moves.  As the geographic area of the Presidential declaration is revised, the geographic areas applicable to the threshold increases in this Acquisition Flash are simultaneously revised without need for revision to this Acquisition Flash.

Additionally, when reporting contracting actions issued in response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Maria, enter code H17M in the National Interest Action data element in the Federal Procurement Data System, as explained below.  This new NIA Code will be used strictly for reporting purposes related to Maria and involves the exercise of the emergency authorities identified in Federal Acquisition Regulation Subpart 18.2 Emergency Acquisition Flexibilities.  FPDS system details for this NIA follow:

  1. NIA Value Name:  ‘Hurricane Maria 2017’
    • Web Portal/Graphical User Interface (GUI) service users may select the value ‘Hurricane Maria 2017’ in the National Interest Action drop-down field.
    • Contract Writing Systems (CWS) shall use the NIA code of “H17M” when creating/updating documents associated with the Hurricane Maria 2017 through Business Services.
  2. NIA Start Date:  09/20/2017
  3. NIA End Date:  06/30/2018

Additional Information:  Direct any questions or comments regarding to Procurement Policy and Warrant Management services via email at va.procurement.policy@va.gov or (202) 632-5288.