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  • R14.2: Rules, Regulations, and Other Publications

  • T1.2: Federal Administrative and Executive Materials

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Using JACOB to Find U.S. Defense Procurement Law Resources

Interpreting Citations

Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals:

An example of an Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision is:

Grumman Aerospace Corp., ASBCA No. 48282, 98-2 BCA ¶ 29,943.
 

  •     Grumman Aerospace Corp. = Case name
  •     ASBCA = Bluebook abbreviation for Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
  •     No. = Bluebook abbreviation for number
  •     48282 = Decision number
  •     98-2 = Reporter number (first two numbers indicate year of decision)
  •     BCA = Bluebook abbreviation for Board of Contract Appeals Decisions
  •     ¶ 29,943 = Paragraph number of decision


Decisions of the Comptroller General:

Decisions may be published in either the Comptroller General's Procurement Decisions (CPD) or the Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States.  An example of a Comptroller General's Procurement Decisions citation is:

Gemini Industries, Inc., B-281323, 99-1 CPD ¶ 22 (Comp. Gen. Jan. 25, 1999).
 

  •     Gemini Industries, Inc. = Protesting party
  •     B-281424 = Comptroller General file "B" number
  •     99-1 = Reporter number (first two numbers indicate year of decision)
  •     CPD = Comptroller General's Procurement Decisions
  •     ¶22 = Paragraph number of decision
  •     Comp. Gen. = Bluebook abbreviation for Comptroller General
  •     Jan. 25, 1999 = Date


An example of a Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States citation is:

Kiewit Western Co., 65 Comp. Gen. 54 (1985).
 

  •     Kiewit Wester Co. = Protesting party
  •     65 = Reporter volume number
  •     Comp. Gen. = Bluebook abbreviation for Decisions of the Comptroller General of the United States
  •     54 = Page number where decision starts
  •     1985 = Year of decision


Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)

An example of a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation citation is:

DFARS 216.405-2(3).
 

  •     DFARS = Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
  •     216 = Part
  •     216.4 = Subpart
  •     216.405 = Section
  •     216.405-2 = Subsection
  •     216.405-2(3) = Paragraph


Federal Claims Reporter:

An example of a cite to a decision in the Federal Claims Reporter is:

Beres v. United States, 92 Fed. Cl. 737 (2010).
 

  •     92 = Reporter volume number
  •     Fed. Cl. = Bluebook abbreviation for Federal Claims Reporter
  •     737 = Page number where decision starts
  •     2010 = Year of decision

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Deciphering Acronyms and Abbreviations

Commonly Used:

  • AFARS
    (Army FAR Supplement)

     
  • AFFARS
    (Air Force FAR Supplement)

     
  • ASBCA
    (Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals)

     
  • DAC
    (Defense Acquisition Circular)

     
  • DAR
    (Defense Acquisition Regulation)

     
  • DFARS
    (Department of Defense FAR Supplement)

     
  • NMCARS
    (Navy Marine Corps Acquisition Regulation Supplement)

     

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