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Acquisition Policy Flash! 13-22

What's Changed?

Use of Integrated Product Teams for Major Acquisitions

Purpose:  The purpose of this Acquisition Flash is to inform the VA Acquisition Workforce of the issuance of Procurement Policy Memorandum (PPM) 2013-07 - Use of Integrated Product Teams (IPT) for Major Acquisitions.

Dated:  July 31, 2013

Background:  Information Letter IL 001AL-09-05; Subj:  Use of Integrated Product Teams (IPT) for Major Acquisitions dated October 9, 2009, requires the mandatory use of IPTs for all acquisitions greater than $5 million and recommends the use of IPTs for complex acquisitions valued less than $5 million when there is considerable technical, program or business risk to the Government.  The IL further requires the DSPE to approve all IPT waivers.

Update:  This PPM rescinds and replaces the IL 001AL-09-05 and the changes are as follows:

  • Reinforces the mandatory use of IPTs for all acquisitions, but did not change the acquisition value for IPTs;
  • The Deputy Senior Procurement Executive (DSPE) delegated, without power to redelegate, to the Head of Contracting Activity (HCA) the authority to approve IPT wavers up to $100 million;
  • Requires the DSPE approval of IPT waivers greater than $100 million; and
  • Requires the HCA's written IPT waiver approvals to be entered into the Electronic Contracting Management System (eCMS).

Action:  Adherence to the IPT waiver process is mandatory for all.  The HCAs shall exercise sound business judgment when waiving the mandatory use of the IPT process and ensure all waivers are in writing, signed by the HCA and entered into the Electronic Contracting Management System (eCMS).

Applicability:  This policy applies to all acquisitions greater than $5 million, including options and is required for complex acquisitions valued less than $5 million when there are considerable technical, program, or business risk to the Government.

Additional Information:  Questions and comments should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement, Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) at (202) 461-6918 or email:  va.procurement.policy@va.gov.