The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) is the Department of Defense (DoD) implementation of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and is codified at Chapter 2 of Title 48 Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Acquisition Regulation System. DFARS, together with it companion document, Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI), and the FAR, apply to purchases and contracts by DoD contracting activities. The primary objective of DoD acquisition is to acquire quality supplies and services that satisfy user needs with measurable improvements to mission capability and operational support at a fair and reasonable price.
Of the various agency supplemental acquisition regulations, the DFARS is not surprisingly the most complex and robust, given DoD is the largest contracting department by dollar value in the U.S. Government. In Fiscal Year 2018, DoD reported transactions in the Federal Procurement Data System—Next Generation (FPDS-NG) totaling $298.7 billion.
This one-day fast-paced training class introduces participants to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), the Department of Defense (DOD) implementation and supplementation of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and how DFARS relates to the FAR. DFARS, which is Chapter 2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory System, contains requirements of Federal law, DOD-wide policies, delegations of FAR authorities, deviation from FAR requirements, and policies/procedures having a significant impact on the public and Federal contracting community. In addition, the DFARS has a companion resource, Procedures, Guidance, and Information, known as “PGI.” PGI contains relevant procedures, guidance, and information not meeting criteria for inclusion in the DFARS. Unclassified information, non-confidential memoranda, guidance, and other Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DAPA) procurement-related documents may also be found in the appropriate and corresponding PGI Subparts. The training takes participants through the most important DFARS parts and subparts, and includes implementing relevant PGI guidance/information for each respective subpart.
Additionally, participants will learn what DFARS Cases are, where they may be found, along with DOD class deviations to the FAR and DFARS, and how to keep up with actual changes, including reviewing and commenting on proposed rules and changes..
This course is recommended for acquisition professionals in the Federal contracting community who contract with or on behalf of DOD and the many departments and agencies with acquisitions covered by the DFARS. DFARS is the most comprehensive and robust agency supplemental acquisition regulations in the Federal government. In Fiscal Year 2018, the Federal government reported expenditures of $4.11 trillion. DOD, the most complex and critical mission, was the largest Federal buyer of supplies and services, reporting over 35 million transactions with reported expenditures in excess of $298.7 billion (Source: Federal Procurement Data System–Next Generation (FPDS-NG) and USASpending.gov).
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