PART 873—SIMPLIFIED ACQUISITION PROCEDURES FOR HEALTH-CARE RESOURCES
The simplified acquisition procedures set forth in this part apply to the acquisition of health-care resources consisting of commercial services or the use of medical equipment or space. These procedures shall be used in conjunction with the FAR and other parts of the VAAR. When a policy in the FAR or parts of the VAAR is inconsistent with a policy in this part, the policy in part 873 takes precedence. These procedures contain more flexibility than provided in the FAR or elsewhere in the VAAR. (38 U.S.C. 8151-8153)
(a) General. To the extent not otherwise excluded by law, the Veterans First Contracting Program in subpart 819.70 applies to contracts under this part and has precedence over other small business programs.
(b) The contracting officer shall ensure priorities for veteran-owned small businesses are implemented within the VA hierarchy of small business program preferences, established by section 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128, the Veterans First Contracting Program, as implemented in subpart 819.70. Specifically, the contracting officer shall consider preferences for verified service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) first, then preferences for verified veteran-owned small businesses (VOSBs). These priorities will be followed by preferences for other small businesses in accordance with FAR 19.203, 819.203-70 and 819.7004.
(c) When there is need for a waiver, pursuant to 873.107, the OSDBU Director will be notified. 873.103
Without regard to FAR 8.002(a)(2), except for the acquisition of services available from the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (AbilityOne) (see FAR subpart 8.7), there are no priority sources for the acquisition of health-care resources consisting of commercial services or the use of medical equipment or space. (38 U.S.C. 8151-8153) See 873.101 (a) – (b) for applicability of 38 U.S.C. 8127 and 8128.