Acquisition Regulations

GSA is responsible for two acquisition regulations:

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR): The FAR was established to codify uniform policies for acquisition of supplies and services by executive agencies. It is issued and maintained jointly, pursuant to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Reauthorization Act, under the statutory authorities granted to the Secretary of Defense, Administrator of General Services and the Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Statutory authorities to issue and revise the FAR have been delegated to the Procurement Executives in Department of Defense (DoD), GSA and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The Federal Acquisition Policy Division writes and revises the FAR to implement laws, executive orders, other agency regulations, and government-wide policies. The Division coordinates with the Office Federal Procurement Policy, other agencies, and various stakeholders in a highly collaborative and deliberative process to support the maintenance of the FAR and fulfill public policy objectives. Information on FAR cases currently under development is available in the Open FAR Case Status Report.

GSA Acquisition Manual (GSAM): The GSAM incorporates the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) as well as internal agency acquisition policy on how to acquire goods and services. GSAR material is shaded. The shading helps users to distinguish and identify those parts that are regulatory from those that apply internally to GSA. View a listing of open GSAR and GSAM cases [PDF - 150 KB].

The General Services Acquisition Policy Division writes and revises the GSAM. The Division establishes and implements acquisition policies for the agency to fulfill immediate and long term acquisition goals and priorities.

Last Reviewed: 2023-03-10