Acquisition Policy Flash! 18-21 - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Acquisition Policy Flash! 18-21

What's Changed?

Class Deviation—VAAR 819.72 and 852.219-74 through 852.219-76

Purpose:  This Acquisition Policy Flash distributes a Class Deviation to VAAR 819.72, and 852.219-74 through 852.219-76, to provide the workforce with policy updates to the VA Subcontracting Compliance Review Program (SCRP).  Due to the issuance of this Class Deviation, Information Letter (IL) 001AL-11-15, Subcontracting Compliance Review Program, dated June 8, 2011, is rescinded.

Effective Date:  July 16, 2018.

Affected VAAR parts:  VAAR 819.72, 852.219-74, 852.219-76.

Background:  IL 001AL-11-15, dated June 8, 2011, implemented VA’s SCRP, under the purview of the Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Risk Management and Compliance Service.  The SCRP assesses contractor compliance with limitations on subcontracting requirements, subcontracting commitments, and subcontracting goals included in prime contracts with the VA.  These assessments will be carried out by either VA or a third party contractor on behalf of the VA. The IL also announced the impending issuance of the SCRP Manual, which set forth guidelines and procedures for conducting compliance reviews under the program.  Additionally, the IL issued required language to be used in solicitations to allow third-party (support contractor) access to VA prime contractor records.  Currently, these solicitation paragraphs are listed in eCMS for contracting officer use.  The SCRP Manual was issued February 2011.  Since the issuances of IL 001AL-11-15 and the SCRP Manual, policies and procedures are in need of revision and conveyance to the VAAR.  Due to the issuance of this Class Deviation, Information Letter (IL) 001AL-11-15, Subcontracting Compliance Review Program, dated June 8, 2011, is rescinded.  The revised SCRP Manual (2016) is available for download from the VA Center for Acquisition Resource Excellence (CARE) website at:  https://vaww.ecms.va.gov/CARE/ – under tools for contracting officers.

Applicability:  This notice applies to all VA contracting activities.

Action Required:  Heads of Contracting Activities, contracting officers, and other members of the acquisition workforce shall comply with the Class Deviation to VAAR 819.72 and SCRP Manual.

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