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Q. Where can I buy a hard copy of the FAR?

A. The Federal Government no longer produces a hard copy of the FAR.  By the time they are printed, the FAR has already changed multiple times.  The FAR is only produced in a paper copy by 3rd party vendors (see

Q: Are you experiencing slowness while using

A: The team monitors the responsiveness of the website to determine that it is functioning optimally.

Please consider the following questions:

1) What browser are you using (ie Internet Explorer, edge, safari, etc.)?

If you are using Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft has determined an end of life date for IE. We recommend changing to any other browser as soon as possible.

2) Are you VPN'd into a military network? 

VPN’s have a tendency to slow down all websites, including

3) Have you tried accessing the website outside of the military network and/or tried a personal computer to determine if the issue is the computer you are using?

Typically, one or more of the issues above are the issue. The team monitors all "contact us" messages. We seldom see messages in reference to responsiveness (less than 1 per month). That normally means that responsiveness issues are isolated events.

If you have considered and tried to mitigate the issue using the about suggestions, please feel to “contact us”

Q. How do you download the FAR or GSAR on the Kindle and iBook?

A.  For instruction on how to download the FAR and GASR on any device can be found at

Q. How do I search the current FAR and GSAM regulations?

A. Instructions on how to search the current FAR and GSAM regulation can be found at

Q. How do I search the regulation archives?

A. Instructions on how to search the FAR and GSAM archives can be found at

Q. What is the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)?

A. The FAR is the primary regulation for use by all 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 Budget.

Q. What is the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual/Regulation (GSAM/R)?

A. The GSAM includes internal agency acquisition policy and incorporates the GSAR which is a supplement to the FAR. The GSAR material is shaded in grey. The shading helps users to distinguish and identify those parts that are regulatory from those that apply internally to GSA.

Q. What is the FAR Matrix and how is it used?

A. For information on how to use the Smart Matrix, click here. Furthermore, to access the Smart Matrix, click here.

Q. What are FAR subchapters and parts?

A. For more information about FAR subchapters and parts see FAR 1.105-2 Arrangement of regulations.

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