INTRODUCTION TO THE FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION (FAR)
Government contracts are subject to a multitude of regulations which govern acquisitions by executive branch agencies. Foremost among these is the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is codified in Parts 1 through 53 of Title 48, Chapter 1 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The FAR controls most aspects of executive agency acquisitions, e.g. socioeconomic policy, competition requirements, exceptions to specific policies, and mandatory clauses to include in Government contracts. Much of the FAR is based on statutes like the Competition in Contracting Act or the Contract Disputes Act.
The FAR is amended using the Federal Register pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, with proposed changes issued jointly by the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in coordination with the FAR Council.
Although Acquisitions.gov is the official website, Hill Air Force Base maintains an unofficial website (the “FARSite”) to research the FAR. The FARSite is designed to be easily researched and user friendly. The FARSite also includes many of the agency regulatory supplements to the FAR, such as the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), the Air Force Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (AFFARS), and the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM).