DATE: September 27, 2001

SUBJECT: Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR); Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts

SOURCE: Federal Register, September 27, 2001, Vol. 66, No. 188, page 49331

AGENCIES: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: VA is proposing to update the VAAR coverage on construction and architect-engineer (A-E) contracts, and to add coverage regarding the authority of the National Cemetery Administration to award A-E contracts. In addition, this proposed rule would update position titles, make minor grammatical corrections and revisions, revise and update section numbers and titles, relocate material to correspond to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and delegate authority.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The VAAR is Chapter 8 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations. It is available on the Internet at http://www.va.gov/oa&mm/vaar/.

DATES: Comments on this proposed rule should be submitted on or before November 26, 2001.

ADDRESSES: Send written comments to Director, Office of Regulations Management (02D), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Room 1154, Washington, DC 20420; fax: 202-273-9289; e-mail: OGCRegulations@mail.va.gov. Comments should indicate that they are submitted in response to "RIN 2900-AJ56."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Kaliher, Acquisition Program Management Team (95A), Office of Acquisition and Materiel Management, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420, 202-273-8819.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: Though VAAR Part 852, Solicitation Provisions and Clauses, contains all VAAR provisions and clauses, it does not, in most cases, follow the organization used in the FAR regarding the location of the prescriptions. This proposed rule would reorganize the VAAR to correspond to the organization of the FAR by relocating the existing prescriptions or placing the new proposed prescriptions in the appropriate parts of the VAAR. Also, the proposed rule would make many miscellaneous changes throughout the VAAR.

The following are the main changes to the VAAR being proposed:

In addition, the method used in the VAAR to identify alternate clauses would be revised to match the method used in the FAR. For example, the introductory text for VAAR 852.236-81, Work Coordination (Alternate Provision), states that it may be substituted for paragraph (b) of VAAR 852.236-80, Subcontracts and Work Coordination. In other words, VAAR 852.236-81 is an alternate for VAAR 852.236-80. Under this proposed rule, VAAR 852.236-81 would be deleted, and the text would be redesignated as Alternate I to VAAR 852.236-80. Similar changes would be made to the other VAAR alternates and supplements to match the way alternates are used in the FAR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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