Acquisition Policy Flash! 21-32 - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Acquisition Policy Flash! 21-32

What's Changed?

National Interest Action Code End Date Extension

Purpose: Provide update to National Interest Action (NIA) Code “End Date.”

Effective Date: Immediately.

Affected FAR Parts: FAR Part 18.

Background: Per M-20-21, the NIA Code will be used to promote full, clear, and consistent transparency in the tracking of COVID-related procurement actions. Agencies are directed to assign this NIA code to all procurement actions reported into FPDS that are issued in response to the pandemic. This includes new awards for supplies and services as well as modifications that are issued to address COVID-19, irrespective of whether the contract being modified was originally awarded to address COVID-19. The code should also be used in connection with any procurement authority, including but not limited to special emergency procurement authorities identified under FAR Subpart 18.2.

The application of the NIA code (P20C) that was currently set to end September 30, 2021, has been extended to the “End Date” of March 30, 2022, per the FPDS-NG website. Therefore, the NIA code (P20C) is valid from March 13, 2020 through March 30, 2022.

This notice supersedes Acquisition Flash 21-18.

Applicability: This Acquisition Flash applies to all VA contracting activities awarding contracts for COVID-related procurement actions, further guidance in the VA Acquisition Manual (VAAM).

Action Required: Contracting Officers should follow VAAM M818.270 for FAR Part 18 located on the Acquisition Knowledge Portal.

Additional Information: Direct any questions or comments to the Procurement Guidance and Instruction Service (PGIS) via email at