Acquisition Policy Flash! 20-17 - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Acquisition Policy Flash! 20-17

What's Changed?

Class Deviation from VA Acquisition Regulation Parts 803, 819, 827, 847, and 849 Regarding Certified Mail Receipt Requested

Purpose: To issue a VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) class deviation in accordance with FAR 1.404, Class deviations, to provide an exception to certified mail receipt requested and mail requirements.

VAAR Sections Referenced: VAAR 803.705, 819.302, 827.306, 847.303-17, 849.102, and 849.109-7.

Effective Date: October 1, 2020.

Background: Various Federal Acquisition Regulation parts require certified mail receipt requested or mailing, without the flexibility of other methods for such mailing or obtaining evidence of receipt, such as electronic return receipt. Flexibility to allow other methods of mailing and evidence of receipt for notices and documents will be beneficial during times of emergency or crisis, such as those presented by the Novel Coronavirus 2019 pandemic.

Applicability: This notice applies to VA contracting activities.

Action Required: Contracting officers shall comply with the VAAR class deviation.

Additional Information: Direct any questions or comments to the Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) via email at or via telephone at (202) 632-5288.