Policy & Regulations
There are a number of policies and regulations governing federal acquisition which have an impact on how you do business with the federal government. Use links to these policy and regulation web pages to search for relevant rules. A powerful search engine makes it easy for you to find what you are looking for.
Acquisition.gov is an information and regulation portal for federal acquisition professionals. It includes the bible of federal acquisition, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, or FAR, and the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM)
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
The Federal Acquisition Regulations System was established for the codification and publication of uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all executive agencies. The Federal Acquisition Regulations System consists of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the FAR.
The FAR also contains the regulations that shape the Mentor-Protege Program, which pairs prime Schedules contractors with small business subcontractors for the purposes of mentoring them and familiarizing them with the federal marketplace.
General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM)
General Services Administration Acquisition Manual contains agency acquisition policies and practices, contract clauses, solicitation provisions, and forms that control the relationship between GSA and contractors and prospective contractors.
There are also relevant Executive Orders that have helped pave the way for the federal government to seek out and employ small businesses, while making the regulatory burden on those businesses less onerous.
- Executive Order 13360
Contracting with Service-Disabled Veterans' Businesses
- Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, as amended by E.O. 13258 of February 26, 2002 and E.O. 13422 of January 18, 2007
Regulatory Planning and Review
- Executive Order 13563
On Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review
- National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 [PDF - 233KB]
- Executive Order 13579
Visit SBA.gov for further information about federal statutes that help small business work with the federal government.