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Acquisition Policy Flash! 13-08

What's Changed?

Federal Acquisition Regulation 13.5, Test Program for Certain Commercial Items

Purpose:  To inform the VA Acquisition Workforce of the Extension of Authority for Use of Simplified Acquisition Procedures for Certain Commercial Items.

FAR Section Impacted:  FAR 13.5, Test Program for Certain Commercial Items

Effective Date:  Immediately

Expiration Date:  January 1, 2015

Background:  FAR 13.500(d) indicated that the authority to issue solicitations under subpart 13.5 expired on January 1, 2013.  However, section 822 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2013 extended that authority to January 1, 2015.

Action Required:  N/A

Additional Information:Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) at at