|803.203||Reporting suspected violations of the Gratuities clause.|
|803.204||Treatment of violations.|
AUTHORITY: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 41 U.S.C. 1121(c)(3); 41 U.S.C. 1702; and 48 CFR 1.301-1.304.
(b) The report must identify the contractor and the personnel involved, provide a summary of the pertinent evidence and circumstances that indicate a violation, and include any other available supporting documentation.
(c) The contracting officer or higher level official must supplement the file with appropriate information and promptly forward the report to the DSPE, with copies to the VA Office of the Inspector General and the Assistant Secretary for Management.
In providing the notice and hearing required by FAR 3.204, the following applies—
(c) When the SDO determines that a violation has occurred and that debarment is being considered, he or she shall follow procedures at 809.406-3.
VA policy prohibits contractors from making references in its commercial advertising to VA contracts in a manner that states or implies the Government approves or endorses the product or service or considers it superior to other products or services. The intent of this policy is to preclude the appearance of bias toward any product or service.
The contracting officer shall insert the clause at 852.203-70, Commercial advertising, in solicitations and contracts expected to equal or exceed the micro-purchase threshold.
[Deviation per Class Deviation from VAAR parts 803, 819, 827, 847, and 849 Regarding Certified Mail Receipt Requested and Mail Requirements, dated September 28, 2020, provides an exception to certified mail receipt requested and mail requirements. This deviation expires once incorporated into the VAAR or is otherwise rescinded.]
(a) By use of the contract clause at 52.203-16, Preventing Personal Conflicts of Interest, the contracting officer shall require each contractor and subcontractor of any tier whose employees perform acquisition functions closely associated with inherently governmental functions to obtain from each covered employee a signed non-disclosure agreement to prohibit disclosure of non-public information accessed through performance of a Government contract. See FAR 3.1103(a)(2)(iii).