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  • The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) serves as the basic rulebook for government contracts. It contains all the rules governing the contracting process as well as all the forms and clauses used in government contracts.

  • The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) provides additional acquisition guidance for the Department of Defense (DoD).
DoD References
  • AcqWeb is the official web site of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, whose mission is to advise the Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to the DoD's acquisition process, research and development; advanced technology; test and evaluation; production; logistics; military construction; procurement; economic security; and atomic energy.

  • Contract Pricing Reference Guides from the Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (Chapter 1) describe contract costs and cost analysis.

  • The Department of Defense Acronym Dictionary is the official DoD dictionary of military and associated terms.

  • The Incurred Cost Electronically (ICE) Model, which is the electronic version of the "Model Incurred Cost Proposal" in Chapter 6 of the DCAAP 7641.90, provides contractors with a standard user-friendly ICE submission package that will assist them in preparing adequate incurred cost proposals in accordance with FAR 52.216-7, Allowable Cost and Payment.

  • Model price proposal from DCAA Pamphlet 7641.90, Information for Contractors

  • The Navy and Marine Corps Acquisition Regulations Supplement (NMCARS) establishes uniform Department of the Navy (DoN) policies and procedures implementing and supplementing the FAR and the DFARS.
  • The Ames Research Center Chief Financial Officer (CFO) web site provides an excellent source of tools and information related to budgeting and cost estimating.

  • The Cost Analysis Division provides cost estimates for possible future programs and assesses available cost estimating tools to ensure that NASA's cost estimations are continually improving and increasing in accuracy.

  • The Cost Estimating and Assessment Office (CEAO) provides NASA JSC programs, projects, and directorates with cost estimating and assessment capability to ensure that costs for programs, projects, and other activities are defined and understood by management throughout all life cycle phases.

  • The Cost Estimating Handbook (CEH) represents a significant improvement in clarity of what role cost estimating plays, not only within NASA, but also within the overall Federal resource management. The CEH is a vital part of the soon-to-be approved NASA Procedural Requirement (NPR) 7120.5C, NASA's policy providing the standard for excellence in project management.

  • The Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook prescribes policies and procedures relating to the award and administration of NASA grants and cooperative agreements.

  • The NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) is the NASA supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

  • The new start inflation index is an inflation calculator for adjusting costs from one year to another using the NASA New Start Inflation Index. This inflation calculator is based on the inflation rate during the US Government Fiscal Year, which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. This calculator computes inflation from 1959 to 2020.

  • The NRA Proposer's Guidebook provides instructions for responding to a NASA Research Announcement.

  • The NASA MSFC Procurement Reference Library links to all known federal procurement information sites that contain federal rules, regulations, agency specific manuals, etc. There are also links to government and commercial business assistance sites.
U.S. Government Organizations
  • Acquisition Central, the website for the federal acquisition community and the government's business partners. From this site you can access shared systems and tools to help you conduct business efficiently. Hosted by IAE (Integrated Acquisition Environment), the E-Gov Initiative for streamlining the federal acquisition process.

  • The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) is an online reference that gives you access to a database of all Federal programs available to State and local governments (including the District of Columbia); federally recognized Indian tribal governments; territories (and possessions) of the United States; domestic public, quasi-public, and private profit and nonprofit organizations and institutions; specialized groups; and individuals. After you find the program you want, contact the office that administers the program and find out how to apply.

  • Decisions by the GAO Comptroller General. Decisions issued within the past 60 days are available in the following subject areas: Appropriations, Bid Protests, Major Rules, and Other Decisions.

  • The Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) includes information regarding entities debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, excluded, or disqualified under the non-procurement common rule, or otherwise declared ineligible from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits.

  • FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. Search, monitor and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire federal contracting community.

  • The web site is a gateway to government information. This site is managed by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) as part of its information management mandate.

  • This edition of the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) is the "working copy" of the official 41 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) chapters 300-304, which implements statutory requirements and Executive branch policies for travel by federal civilian employees and others authorized to travel at government expense.

  • General Services Administration (GSA), the federal government's premier acquisition agency, helping other agencies better serve the public by meeting their needs for products and services, and simplifying citizen access to government information and services.

  • The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America. Both provide a way of classifying a business and its type of operations. This website provides a catalog of the NAICS and SIC codes in order to complete specific contractual documents.

  • is the U.S. government's official web portal. It makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web and also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government.

  • The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) is one of a number of acts that have been promulgated to harmonize the law of sales and other commercial transactions within the United States. The UCC deals primarily with transactions involving personal property (moveable property), not real property (immovable property).

  • The United States Code (USC) generated from the most recent official version made available by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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