(The CAAC is authorized
under the Federal Acquisition Regulation at 48 CFR
The Council performs the following
Assists the Administrator of General
Services in developing and maintaining the Federal Acquisition
Regulation (FAR) System by developing or reviewing all
proposed changes to the FAR.
Solicits the views of
agencies, associations, and other interested parties on those
proposed changes to the FAR that involve issues of interest to
them. Solicitations need not be published in the Federal
Register; however, notice of the availability of proposed
changes may be published in the Federal Register if requested
by a member of the Council.
Coordinates its activities
with the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (DARC). Each
Council shall review the FAR changes proposed by the other
(1) Disagreements between the two Councils
(DARC and CAAC) shall be resolved by the Chairpersons with the
assistance of interested members.
(2) If the Council
Chairpersons cannot resolve a disagreement, the Councils will
refer the matter to successively higher levels in GSA,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and
Department of Defense (DOD) until agreement is
(3) If the Administrator of General Services,
the Administrator of NASA, and the Secretary of Defense cannot
resolve a Council disagreement, the disagreement will be
referred to the Office of Federal Procurement
Makes decisions on FAR issues by majority vote.
Each agency represented on the Council has one vote. FAR
changes will not be drafted during Council
The members of the
Council are senior procurement professionals with substantial
experience in Federal procurement. The Council is comprised of
a representative, or an alternate, designated by each of the
following departments and agencies:
Department of Commerce
Department of Health and Human
Department of the Interior
Department of State
Department of Treasury
Environmental Protection Agency
Social Security Administration
Chairperson of the Council is a senior procurement
professional with recognized expertise. The Chairperson is
designated by the Deputy Assistant Administrator for
Acquisition Policy, GSA.
GSA provides an Executive
Secretary, a legal counsel, and any other necessary staff and
General Services. The Administrator of General
(1) Develops and maintains the FAR in
conjunction with the Secretary of Defense and the
Administrator of NASA, under the provisions of sections 201(a)
and 205(c) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services
Act of 1949, as amended (40 U.S.C. 481(a) and
(2) Publishes the FAR in the Federal Register
and in a loose-leaf edition. The loose-leaf edition is
distributed to procurement agencies at a prorated
Chairperson of the Council. The Chairperson of
(1) Calls meetings of the Council at least
monthly and is responsible for the operation of the Council
and its staff.
(2) Determines which matters will be
referred to the Council and which will be handled by the
staff. All matters are subject to review by the
(3) Assigns work to agency representatives
according to an agency's interest, but only with the
concurrence of its representative.
(4) Assigns a staff
member to provide assistance to each project handled by the
Members of the Council:
the views of their agencies on proposed changes to the
(2) Provide staff and administrative support for
projects assigned to them. Members may organize subgroups to
assist in the project.
Meetings are held at the call of
the Chairperson. Any member may request the Chairperson to
call a meeting.
Letters. Directional letters issued to civilian
agencies by the Chairman of the Council.