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Panoptic Enterprises' FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: July 30, 2002

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

SOURCE: Federal Register, July 30, 2002, Vol. 67, No. 146, page 49257

AGENCIES: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

ACTION: Final Rule

SYNOPSIS: VA is revising VAAR Part 836, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, to 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. Also, this final rule replaces a general prescription directing the use of all VAAR clauses relating to construction contracts with specific prescriptions for each clause, removes obsolete or duplicative material, updates guidance regarding the requirement for certificates of current cost or pricing data, and provides procedures regarding disclosure of the government cost estimate on construction contracts.

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/.

For more on the proposed rule, see the September 27, 2001, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation (VAAR); Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts."

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 29, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Don Kaliher, Acquisition Program Management Team (0495A), Office of Acquisition and Materiel Management, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20420; 202-273-8819.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On September 27, 2001, the VA published a proposed rule to reorganize VAAR Part 836 to correspond to FAR Part 36; replace the general prescription in VAAR 852.236-70, Clauses and Provisions for Fixed-Price Construction Contracts, directing the use of all VAAR clauses relating to construction contracts with specific prescriptions for each clause; remove obsolete or duplicative material; updates the VAAR regarding the requirement for certificates of current cost or pricing data; provide procedures regarding disclosure of the government cost estimate on construction contracts; update position titles; make minor grammatical corrections and revisions; and revise and update section numbers and titles. No comments on the proposed rule were received, so VA is finalizing the proposed rule with the following changes:

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

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