Federal Acquisition Regulations Circulars

A Federal Acquisition Regulation Circulars are issued by one of the two councils authorized to make changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
A Federal Acquisition Regulation Circular summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Councils.

Civilian Agency Acquisition Council

The chairperson of the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council is the representative of the Administrator of General Services. The other members of this council are a representative (one per department) from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury; and also a representative (one per organization) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Social Security Administration (SSA), Small Business Administration (SBA), and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Defense Acquisition Regulations Councils.

The Director of the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council is the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)). Its members include representatives from the military departments, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Defense Acquisition Board (DAB)

The DAB is the Department’s senior-level forum for advising the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) on critical decisions concerning Acquisition Category (ACAT) ID programs, and selected ACAT IA programs. The DAB is composed of the DoD’s senior executives. The DAB is chaired by the USD(AT&L). Other executive members of the DAB include:

Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS)

Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) (USD(C))

Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) (USD(P))

Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) (USD(P&R))

Chief Information Officer of DoD

Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E)

Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE)
Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis (ARA) (also executive secretary of the DAB)

Secretaries of the Military Departments

Defense Acquisition Board advisors:

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition)

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Logistics & Material Readiness)

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)

DoD Deputy General Counsel (Acquisition & Logistics)

Director, Defense Research & Engineering

DoD Component Acquisition Executives

Relevant OIPT Leader(s)

Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Deputy Director, Cost Assessment

Director, Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy

Director, Systems Engineering; Director, Developmental Test & Evaluation

Director, Industrial Policy

Director International Cooperation

Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs)

Chair, Functional Capabilities Board(s)

Cognizant Program Executive Officer(s) and Program Manager(s)

The USD(AT&L) may ask other department officials to participate in reviews, as required.

Ms. Linda Neilson serves as the Deputy Director to the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, for the Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DARS).




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