Resources Related to WHS Contracting

The Acquisition Directorate processes different types of actions as the contracting office for WHS and the customers it supports. The following resources are provided for aid in understanding what regulations and guides WHS/AD follows.


Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

The FAR is managed by the FAR Council and prescribes uniform policies and procedures for the acquisition of goods and services by all executive agencies. An electronic version of the official FAR is available at under Title 48, Chapter 1.

The FAR is prepared, issued, and maintained jointly by the Secretary of Defense, the Administrator of General Services, and the Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under their several statutory authorities.

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI)

The DFARS and PGI implements and supplements the FAR and provides the regulatory framework for conducting acquisitions across the Department. An electronic version of the official DFARS is available at under Title 48, Chapter 2.

The Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DARS) develops and maintains acquisition rules and guidance to facilitate the acquisition workforce as they acquire the goods and services DoD requires to ensure America’s Warfighters’ continued worldwide success. The DARS leads and guides the DAR Council, which develops the DFARS.

Defense Pricing and Contracting Class Deviations

The Principal Director of Defense Pricing and Contracting issues class deviations when necessary to allow organizations to deviate from the FAR and DFARS. Class deviations may be found here.

Assistance Vehicles: Grants and Agreements

The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 2, Subtitle A, Chapter II, Part 200 (2 CFR Part 200), covers the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Here you may find the regulations for the awarding and administration of grants and other types of agreements, such as cooperative agreements and technology investment agreements.

Title 32, Subtitle A, Chapter I, Subchapter C, Part 22 covers the DoD Grants and Agreements Regulations (DoDGARs). Questions and answers on the DoDGARs may be found here.

Terms and Conditions used in Grants may be found on the Office of Naval Research website. Scroll down the page to see the terms and conditions for the different types of grants.

All other information regarding DoD Assistance Awards may be found on the DoD Research & Engineering website.

Other Transaction Agreements

The US Code is the authoritative source for regulatory information on the awarding of other transaction agreements.WHS/AD uses the following US Codes:

The Principal Director of Defense Pricing and Contracting issued a memorandum  announcing the new version of the Department of Defense (DoD) Other Transactions (OT) Guides. OT Guides and best practices may be found on the Defense Pricing and Contracting website. Scroll down once the page loads and click based on the type of transaction.