What is the Federal
The Federal Acquisition
Regulation is the primary regulation for use
by all US Federal Executive agencies in their
acquisition of supplies and services with appropriated
funds. It became effective on April 1, 1984,
and is issued within applicable laws under the
joint authorities of the Administrator of General
Services, the Secretary of Defense, and the
Administrator for the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, under the broad policy
guidelines of the Administrator, Office of Federal
Procurement Policy, Office of Management and
Many federal agencies also produce FAR Supplements, which also have the force and effect of law.
is FAR Online?
The Federal Acquisition
Regulation (FAR) is a publicly available document
running to over 1800 pages. Agency FAR Supplements also run to 1000s of pages. FAR Online is an
online subscription service, powered by Affinitext,
that transforms this body of government regulation
to an online Intelligent Document Format™
that gives users easy access, pop up definitions,
intelligent cross-linking and powerful search
capabilities for FAR that were previously impossible.
Are FAR Supplements included in FAR Online?
Yes, the following FAR Supplements are already included:
And other FAR Supplements are being added progressively.
What is DFARS?
The US Department of Defense ( DoD) implementation and supplementation of the FAR is issued in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) under authorization and subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense. The DFARS contains— (i) Requirements of law; (ii) DoD-wide policies; (iii) Delegations of FAR authorities; (iv) Deviations from FAR requirements; and (v) Policies/procedures that have a significant effect beyond the internal operating procedures of DoD or a significant cost or administrative impact on contractors or offerors. FAR and DFARS also apply to purchases and contracts by DoD contracting activities made in support of foreign military sales or North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cooperative projects.
should I use FAR Online?
The short answer is:
try it and you will see! Finding, cross-referencing,
updating, and understanding information in the
mass of FAR rules has been a daily headache
for the hundreds of thousands of businesses
that supply federal agencies, as well as for
the procurement professionals who purchase these
goods and services. FAR Online provides a powerful
solution that makes life easier for the many
people involved in buying and selling goods
and services purchased by the US Federal government.
If you work in Defense procurement you can also search across FAR and DFARS to compare and contrast answers and you can jump back and forth between FAR and DFARS clauses at the exact point of relevance. It is a huge time saver. Sign up now for a no-obligation free trial to
can I subscribe to FAR Online?
FAR Online is a new
service. During the Beta testing period you
can sign up for a FREE Trial. It takes just
30 seconds to sign up with your name and email
address. Simply click on the "New User" link
or the "Free Trial" button, enter your name
and email address, and press "submit". It's
that easy. After you press "submit", your username
and password to access FAR Online will be emailed
to you. At the end of the FREE Trial period
you will be emailed information on how to choose
to continue access with a paid subscription.
No obligation. You will only be asked for credit
card details at the end of your free trial if
you decide to continue with a paid subscription.
The choice is yours.
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can I contact support?
contact support by email. In most cases
you will receive a response within 24 hours.
can I cancel my subscription?
You can cancel your
subscription at any time. Simply contact support
by email. In most cases you will receive a confirmation
within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response
within 24 hours please check your spam folder
before contacting support again.
is the subscription price for FAR Online?
FAR Online is currently
in Beta testing. During this Beta period you
can try FAR Online absolutely free of charge.
All that we ask in return during this Beta period
is that you send us feedback to enable us to
continue to improve the FAR Online service.
What about FAR amendments?
Yes FAR Online is regularly updated to incorporate FAR amendments.
it really a free trial? What is the catch?
Yes. During the beta
testing period, you can try FAR Online free.
Absolutely free. During this period you will
not be asked for credit card details or any
other payment information. You will not be asked
to fill out complex forms. Registering for a
free trial takes just 30 seconds. You simply
enter your name and email address and press
'submit'. Your username and password will be
emailed to you within minutes.
Sign-up now in 30 seconds
Do you have a brochure that I can email to colleagues?
Yes. Download FAR Online brochure.
Do you have a Quick Start Guide explaining how to use FAR Online?
Yes. Download FAR Online Quick Start Guide. (PDF, 1.5MB)