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Government Contracts Resources

Guide to U.S. government contracts law in print and online.

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How to Research Government Contracts

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Using JACOB to Find Government Contracts Resources

Search by Call # Range:

  • KF841 - KF869.5

Search by Subject Heading:

Key Search Terms:

  • Government contracts
  • Government procurement
  • Public procurement
  • Federal acquisition regulation

Bluebook Rules

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

  • T1.2: Federal Administrative and Executive Materials

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. = 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 = Bluebook abbreviation for 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

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR):

An example of a Federal Acquisition Regulation citation is:

FAR 16.405-2.

  • FAR = Federal Acquisition Regulation
  • 16 = Part
  • 4 = Subpart
  • 05 = Section
  • 2 = Subsection

To cite to a historical FAR section, include the appropriate year in a parenthetical: FAR 17.109 (2008).

Federal Claims Reporter:

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

Areolease Long Beach v. United States, 31 Fed. Cl. 342 (1994).

  • 31 = Reporter volume number
  • Fed. Cl. = Bluebook abbreviation for Federal Claims Reporter
  • 342 = Page number where decision starts
  • 1994 = Year of decision

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Deciphering Acronyms and Abbreviations

Commonly Used:

  • ASBCA
    (Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals)
  • CBCA
    (Civilian Board of Contract Appeals)
  • DFARS
    (Department of Defense FAR Supplement)
  • FAC
    (Federal Acquisition Circular)
  • FAR
    (Federal Acquisition Regulation)
  • Fed. Cl.
    (United States Court of Federal Claims)

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