The United States government procurement process is a complex undertaking. Procurement is accomplished-and contracts are awarded, administered, and enforced by a variety of military and civilian agencies subject to a multitude of rules and regulations. Government procurement is essentially procurement by regulation. The basic set of regulations relating to federal procurement is the FAR.

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Federal Acquisition Regulations and Agency Supplements
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Agency Supplements contain the principles, processes, and rules that apply to the federal government’s procurement of goods, services, and construction. The FAR generally applies to federal agencies while each agency’s supplement is only applicable to that particular federal agency.

Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) are procurement regulations that apply to all agencies of the United States. CLICK HERE for an overview of the FAR.

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARS) is the DOD’s agency supplement to the FAR.

DFARS Cybersecurity Requirements are the minimum security standards that all DoD contractors involved in processing, storing, or transmitting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must meet.

Buy American Act
The Buy American Act requires federal agencies to procure domestic materials and products. Two conditions must be present for the Buy American Act to apply: (1) the procurement must be intended for public use within the United States; and (2) the items and/or the materials must be reasonably available in the United States.

FAR Part 25 Foreign Acquisition is the section of the Federal Acquisitions Regulations that implements the Buy American Act.

Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers is President Biden’s recent executive order issued on the Buy American Act.

The Non-Manufacturer rule
The Non-Manufacturer rule allows a small business to offer a product that it did not manufacturer under a small business set-aside.

Federal Register
The Federal Register (the daily newspaper of the federal government) is a legal newspaper published every business day by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NARA’s Office of the Federal Register prepares the Federal Register for publication in partnership with the Government Printing Office (GPO). is your source for information on the development of federal regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government. Through this site, you can read, and comment on regulatory issues that important to you.

Department of Labor
Government contractors must comply with labor standards imposed under various federal statutes and executive orders, notably the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, Service Contract Labor Standards Act (formerly known as the Service Contract Act), the Davis-Bacon Act, Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and Executive Order 13658 (establishes the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors). The links below provide more detailed information and guidance on labor issues associated with federal contracts.

Walsh Healey Public Contract Act
Service Contract Labor Standards Act ( formerly Service Contract Act)
Davis Bacon Act (for construction contracts)
Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act
Executive Order 13658 (federal contract minimum wage)
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Compliance Assistance

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