FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION AND AGENCY FAR SUPPLEMENTS

The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) is the primary regulation for use by all Federal Government executive agencies in their acquisition of supplies and services with appropriated funds. It became effective on April 1, 1984, and is issued within applicable laws under the joint authorities of the Administrator of General Services, the Secretary of Defense, and the Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under the broad policy guidelines of the Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget.

It 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. It is intended to cover all aspects of the procurement lifecycle including:

The FAR is published as Chapter 1 of Title 48 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It is

updated frequently through proposed, interim and final rules; published daily in the Federal Register. It contains 53 specific Parts (sections) as seen below:

Agency FAR Supplements Expertise

Each agency of the Federal Government can develop its 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. The FAR precludes agency acquisition regulations that unnecessarily repeat, paraphrase, or otherwise restate the FAR, limits agency acquisition regulations to those necessary to implement FAR policies and procedures within an agency, and provides for coordination, simplicity, and uniformity in the Federal acquisition process. It also provides for agency and public participation in developing the FAR and agency acquisition regulation. 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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