Part M818 - Emergency Acquisitions - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Part M818 - Emergency Acquisitions

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Subpart M818—Emergency Acquisitions
Sec.  
M818.000 Scope of part.
Subpart M818.2—Emergency Acquisition Flexibilities
M818.270 VA Emergency Acquisition Thresholds.
M818.271 National Interest Exemptions and National Interest Action Values.

Subpart M818 - Emergency Acquisitions

Subpart M818.000 - Scope of part.

This part prescribes the VA’s policies and procedures regarding emergency acquisitions.

Subpart M818.2 - Emergency Acquisition Flexibilities

M818.270  VA Emergency Acquisition Thresholds.

(a) When authorized in a declared emergency (see FAR 2.101), the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster declaration page, the emergency acquisition flexibilities (see FAR 18.001) found at FAR subparts 18.1 and 18.2, are hereby invoked. Additionally, the following thresholds are increased for VA acquisitions, only for the effective period established in support of the declared emergency—

(1) Micro-purchase threshold is increased in accordance with FAR 13.201(g)(1)(i) for goods and services purchased in the United States (see FAR 18.202(a)).

(2) Simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) is increased in accordance with FAR 2.101 for any contract to be awarded and performed in the United States (see FAR 18.202(b)).

(3) The threshold for simplified procedures for certain commercial items is increased in accordance with FAR 13.500(c) and 18.202(d)).

(4) Purchases outside the United States will be approved on a case by case basis. All requests should be sent to va.procurement.policy@va.gov with subject line “Acquisition Emergency Flexibilities Purchase Outside US.”

(b) Contracting officers should consider the applicability of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act), 41. U.S.C. 5121-5207), (see FAR subpart 26.2), when appropriate, along with applying other emergency acquisition flexibilities.

(c) Contracting officers should also use the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Guidelines - “Emergency Acquisitions Guide” for additional information and guidance.

M818.271  National Interest Exemptions and National Interest Action Values.

(a) Upon declaration of a major disaster (see FAR 2.101) or emergency (see FAR 2.101), contracting officers shall use the Department of Labor (DOL), National Interest Exemptions (NIEs) for the declared disaster or emergency, when applicable, an Acquisition Flash will be issued for notification purposes. Contracting officers shall make only the changes to clauses provided in the DOL, NIE exemption letter for the declared major disaster or emergency and shall use the exemptions only for the effective period established by DOL. The DOL, NIE letters may be found at the OFCCP NIE webpage.

(b) Upon declaration of a major disaster (see FAR 2.101) or emergency (see FAR 2.101), contracting officers shall use the published National Interest Action (NIA) value to track relief contracts in the Federal Procurement Data System-Next Generation (FPDS-NG), when applicable, an Acquisition Flash will be issued for notification purposes. NIA values are found at the FPDS-NG NIA Value Code webpage and shall be used only for the period of time established for the value. Contracting officers are reminded to check the FPDS-NG NIA Value Code page for value code extensions.

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