201.101 - Purpose
(1) The defense acquisition system, as defined in 10 U.S.C 2545, exists to manage the investments of the United States in technologies, programs, and product support necessary to achieve the national security strategy prescribed by the President pursuant to section 108 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3043) and to support the United States Armed Forces.
(2) The investment strategy of DoD shall be postured to support not only the current United States armed forces, but also future armed forces of the United States.
(3) The primary objective of DoD acquisition is to acquire quality supplies and services that satisfy user needs with measurable improvements to mission capability and operational support at a fair and reasonable price.
201.104 - Applicability
The FAR and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) also apply to purchases and contracts by DoD contracting activities made in support of foreign military sales or North Atlantic Treaty Organization cooperative projects without regard to the nature or sources of funds obligated, unless otherwise specified in this regulation.
201.105 - Issuance
201.105-3 - Copies
The DFARS and the DFARS Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI) are available electronically via the World Wide Web at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/index.htm.
201.106 - OMB approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act
See PGI 201.106 for a list of the information collection and record keeping requirements contained in this regulation that have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget.
201.107 - Certifications
In accordance with 41 U.S.C. 1304, a new requirement for a certification by a contractor or offeror may not be included in the DFARS unless—
(1) The certification requirement is specifically imposed by statute; or
(2) Written justification for such certification is provided to the Secretary of Defense by the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics), and the Secretary of Defense approves in writing the inclusion of such certification requirement.
201.109 - Statutory acquisition-related dollar thresholds – adjustment for inflation
(a)(i) 41 U.S.C. 1908(d) requires the adjustment for inflation of all statutory acquisition-related dollar thresholds in the DFARS be applied to contracts and subcontracts without regard to the date of award of the contract or subcontract, except thresholds based on the Wage Rate Requirements statute, the Service Contract Labor Standards statute, or established by the United States Trade Representative pursuant to the Trade Agreement Act, which are not escalated by the statute.
(ii) Section 814(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Pub. L. 112-81) requires that the threshold established in 10 U.S.C. 2253(a)(2) for the acquisition of right-hand drive passenger sedans be included in the list of dollar thresholds that are subject to adjustment for inflation in accordance with the requirements of 41 U.S.C. 1908, and is adjusted pursuant to such provisions, as appropriate.
(d) A matrix showing the most recent escalation adjustments of statutory acquisition-related dollar thresholds is available at PGI 201.109 .
201.170 - Peer reviews
(a) DoD peer reviews.
(1) The Office of the Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, will organize teams of reviewers and facilitate peer reviews for solicitations and contracts, as follows using the procedures at PGI 201.170 —
(i) Preaward peer reviews for competitive procurements will be conducted in three phases for all solicitations valued at $1 billion or more;
(ii) Preaward peer reviews for noncompetitive procurements will be conducted in two phases for new contract actions valued at $500 million or more; and
(iii) Postaward peer reviews will be conducted for all contracts for services valued at $1 billion or more.
(2) To facilitate planning for peer reviews, the military departments and defense agencies shall provide a rolling annual forecast of acquisitions that will be subject to DoD peer reviews at the end of each quarter (i.e., March 31; June 30; September 30; December 31), to the Deputy Director, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (Contract Policy and International Contracting) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(b) Component peer reviews. The military departments and defense agencies shall establish procedures for—
(1) Preaward peer reviews of solicitations for competitive procurements valued at less than $1 billion;
(2) Preaward peer reviews for noncompetitive procurements valued at less than $500 million; and
(3) Postaward peer reviews of all contracts for services valued at less than $1 billion.