Vysnova Partners, led by acquisition policy development and Federal rule-making expertise Cadre Acquisition Group, has successfully finalized the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Acquisition Regulation (TAR) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to Streamline and Update the Department of Transportation Acquisition Regulation (TAR Case 2020–001). The NPRM is now published in the Federal Register with an effective date of implementation as of November 07, 2022.

Under Vysnova’s TAR Support Services contract with DOT, subject matter experts from Cadre Acquisition Group reviewed all parts of the TAR regulation to streamline the regulation, to revise or remove policy that has been superseded by changes in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), to remove procedural guidance that is internal to DOT and move it to the Transportation Acquisition Manual (TAM) as appropriate, and to incorporate new regulations or policies required to implement or supplement the FAR to execute DOT’s unique mission and responsibilities. This rule-making revises the entire TAR. Vysnova supported a comprehensive review of the 2005 edition of the TAR with the goal of updating obsolete coverage, streamlining policies and procedures with current guidance, and implementing new internal policies applicable to the DOT acquisition workforce. In collaboration with the Office of the Senior Procurement Executive (OSPE), the Vysnova team accelerated the review of over 300 pages of the first Federal Register editor review and pass back of the TAR NPRM. The team successfully researched and supported ten nonconcurrence of proposed Federal Register editor revisions that would have misaligned the TAR with the FAR.

This rule-making falls under the authority of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Act and ensures that that Government procurements are handled fairly and consistently, that the Government receives overall best value, and that the Government and contractors both operate under a known set of rules.

Update 11/9/22: We are proud to announce that the TAR Rule was published on the Federal register on Nov 9, 2022. Source: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2022/10/07/2022-19907/streamline-and-update-the-department-of-transportation-acquisition-regulation-tar-case-2020-001