As any good contracting professional will tell you, you have to read the federal acquisition regulations in order to interpret them, because the definition of each word matters. While the FAR is primarily guidance, it does have rules (a search for the word “shall” in our platform returns over 40 pages of results) and understanding the intent of the rules means that FAR language must be taken literally.
Words and concepts are explained throughout the FAR, and a good place to start is in FAR 2.101 Definitions where words are listed in alphabetical order. But that’s not the only place to check for definitions. Each individual FAR Part can provide its own definition of a term. In cases where a part provides a definition to a term otherwise defined in Section 2.101, federal contracting professionals are directed to apply it to “that part, subpart, or section applies to the word or term when used in that part, subpart, or section.”[Read more…]