The Department of Transportation Acquisition
Regulation (TAR) is regulatory in nature and it is codified at Chapter 12,
Title 48, U.S. Code of Federal Regulation. The TAR contains DOT policy and
procedures which may impact contractors and potential offerors. This document is
changed by issuance of Transportation Acquisition Circulars (TACs) after
publication of the final rules in the Federal Register.
The Transportation Acquisition Manual
(TAM) is a nonregulatory document. It contains DOT internal policy,
procedures, and instructional guidance to the Department of Transportation (DOT)
contracting officers, specialists, administrators, and other personnel who
either have the authority to or are associated with soliciting, negotiating,
awarding, administering, and closing out Department of Transportation contracts.
Changes to this document are made by issuance of Transportation Acquisition
Manual Notices (TAMNOTEs)
The TAR and TAM are written and
maintained under the direction of the Director of the Office of Acquisition and
Grant Management, Office of the Secretary in coordination with the DOT Procurement Management Council
(PMC). The Director is also the Department of Transportation Senior Procurement
Executive and the Chairperson of the PMC. Both documents implement and
supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and other statutory
requirements which are specific to DOT. These documents are structured and
numbered to coincide with the FAR and should be used in conjunction with the
and TAMNOTEs are
normally issued on a quarterly basis or as may be dictated by regulations,
statutes, or other authorized Federal Government directives such as the Office
of Federal Procurement Policy letters and memoranda.
Send comments on a
draft proposed change to the TAR and/or TAM, suggestions for improvements, or
recommendations for future changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.