FAR Compliance

Capital Edge provides FAR Compliance and Agency Supplement (DFARS, DEAR and others) consulting and training services to assist government contractors.

The FAR is the primary regulation for use by all Federal Government executive agencies in their acquisition of supplies and services utilizing appropriated funds.  FAR requirements apply to how the government procures goods and services, contractor responsibilities and obligations and accounting and pricing considerations leading to DCAA or other government audits.

FAR Compliance Training

Our FAR Compliance training helps with interpretation of and adherence to the wide range of applicable regulatory requirements grounded in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). View are training and events calendar, or contact us for customized FAR compliance training from our FAR compliance experts.

What is FAR Compliance?

FAR compliance is a process for ensuring that all federal contractors comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The FAR was established to ensure that government agencies receive quality goods and services at fair prices. FAR compliance ensures that contractors follow all federal laws and regulations when bidding on contracts.

Agency FAR Supplements Expertise

Other Federal Government agencies develop their own supplement to the FAR. These supplements are intended to layer on top of the FAR and provide additional guidance and restrictions to contracts with those specific agencies. Below is a list of several of the agencies with supplements:

  • Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
  • Department of Energy Acquisition Regulation (DEAR)
  • Department of Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR)
  • Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR)
  • General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (NFS)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission Acquisition Regulation (NRCAR)

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FAR Regulations

The FAR regulations establishes an “Umbrella” of procurement regulations that define how companies do business with the Federal Government. It is also often used by state and local agencies, not-for-profit entities and higher education. FAR regulations are intended to cover all aspects of the procurement lifecycle including:

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Latest Questions Being Asked About FAR Compliance

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is the regulatory compliance foundation comprised of the rules and requirements that the federal government and government contractors are obligated to comply with when pursuing, executing and performing contracts with the Federal government.

FAR 1.102(a) states “The vision for the Federal Acquisition System is to deliver on a timely basis the best value product or service to the customer, while maintaining the public’s trust and fulfilling public policy objectives. Participants in the acquisition process should work together as a team and should be empowered to make decisions within their area of responsibility.”

The FAR and related agency supplements are periodically revised to incorporate new legislation or changing agency procedures.  These revisions or potential revisions are typically first published in the Federal Register through a rule-making process consisting of proposed, interim and final rules.  The Federal Register can be found here.  

FAR clauses incorporated in contracts vary widely depending on the type of contract as well as applicability of various statutory and regulatory provisions.  The FAR clauses subject to potential inclusion in contracts are contained in FAR Part 52 – Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses.  

FAR clauses potentially applicable to a contract should be incorporated in the corresponding solicitation (RFQ, RFP or otherwise).  Section I of the solicitation should provide a list of the FAR and other agency supplement clauses that may be applicable to the contract.  Additional specific clauses may also be noted in other sections of the solicitation, e.g., Sections C, E, F and H.

FAR clauses and requirements apply, as applicable, to all federal government contracts, including subcontracts.  Prime contractors are responsible for ‘flowing down’ and including applicable FAR clauses in subcontracts.  Prime contractors failing to include applicable FAR clauses in subcontracts may nevertheless remain liable to the government for a subcontractor’s noncompliance. 

The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) are compliance requirements and are required by federal contractors to meet in order to be awarded the contract and keep it. Contractors who have signed these clauses in their contract are attesting that their organization is in full compliance with the requirements.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation is the principal set of rules regarding government procurement in the Unites States of America, and it’s codified at Chapter 1 under Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations, 48 CFR 1.

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