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S. 341: Department of Veterans Affairs Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 5, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 341

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 5, 2019

(for himself and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the procurement practices of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Department of Veterans Affairs Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act of 2019.

2.

Information on cost or price savings from competition

(a)

In general

Chapter 81 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 8128 the following new section:

8129.

Information on cost or price savings from competition

(a)

Recording of information

With respect to any contract awarded by the Secretary that is reported in the Federal Procurement Data System described in section 1122(a)(4)(A) of title 41, or any successor system, the Secretary shall record information on the amount of any cost or price savings realized by using competitive procedures in awarding such contract.

(b)

Placement of records

The Secretary shall place recorded information under subsection (a) as follows:

(1)

With respect to contracts recorded in the Electronic Contract Management System, or any successor system, in such system.

(2)

With respect to contracts not covered by paragraph (1), in a location determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(c)

Calculation of cost savings

(1)

In carrying out subsection (a), the Secretary shall calculate the amount of cost or price savings realized by using competitive procedures in awarding a contract by—

(A)

subtracting the total value of the selected offer or quote from the average of the total values of all offers or quotes evaluated; or

(B)

subtracting the total value of the selected offer or quote from the total value of the median offer or quote evaluated.

(2)

If the difference calculated pursuant to paragraph (1) is negative, the Secretary shall record such difference as zero.

(3)

The Secretary shall make calculations under paragraph (1) with respect to a contract—

(A)

at the time at which the Secretary obligates amounts under such contract; or

(B)

if such contract contains options, at the time at which the option is exercised.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 8128 the following new item:

8129. Information on cost or price savings from competition.

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3.

Use of standardized procurement templates

To the extent practicable, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall make available and use on a Department-wide basis the standardized procurement templates used by the Central Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration. In carrying out this section, the Secretary may customize such templates to address particular procurement situations.