Acquisition Policy Flash! 18-18 - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Acquisition Policy Flash! 18-18

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Class Deviation to Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) 807.105-70, Written Acquisition Plans

Purpose:  The purpose of this Class Deviation is to establish policy, thresholds, and acquisition plan approval requirements for written Acquisition Plans.  The threshold for written acquisition plans required by FAR 7.105 is increased from $1 million to $7 million, notwithstanding streamlined versions of acquisition plans deemed required in FAR 7.103(e), 7.105, 7.107, and/or as required by the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA).  This Class Deviation rescinds Attachment 5 only, titled, “Part 807 – Acquisition Planning,” in VA Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) 2016-09, “Rescission of the 1997 Non-codified Material (Formerly the 1997 Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR)),” dated September 30, 2016.

VAAR Sections Referenced:  807.105-70

Effective Date:  Immediately

Background:  As part of VA’s efforts to streamline the acquisition process and to reduce unnecessary workload burdens, it has been determined that the threshold for requiring the preparation of a written acquisition plan, as required in FAR 7.105, should be increased from $1 million to $7 million, notwithstanding streamlined versions of acquisition plans deemed required in FAR 7.103(e), 7.105, 7.107, and/or as required by the HCA.  Increasing the threshold required to submit an acquisition plan would significantly reduce the time required to make an award, while not having a negative impact to the VA mission.  Although VAAR subpart 807.105 was considered “non-codified” and “unnumbered” guidance in PPM 2016-09, this Class Deviation now adds the necessary language to VAAR as 807.105-70 to establish policy for written acquisition plans.

Applicability:  This notice applies to VA contracting activities.

Action Required:  Contracting officers shall comply with the Class Deviation from 807.105-70 which provides immediate actions required to implement new policies on written APs.

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.