Supersedes 301 FW 1, 10/28/08
Date: July 6, 2011
Part 301: Acquisition Policies and Procedures
Originating Office: Division of Contracting and Facilities Management
1.1 What is the purpose and scope of this chapter? This chapter:
A. Lists the principal goals and objectives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) acquisition policies,
B. Identifies the Service officials who perform general functions in the acquisition process, and
C. Lists the principal authorities that govern the acquisition process.
1.2 What are the principal objectives of the chapters in Part 301? The objectives of our acquisition policies are to:
A. Achieve full compliance with acquisition statutes and regulations;
B. Avoid conflicts of interest, unauthorized commitments, and unfair preferences;
C. Perform advance acquisition planning;
D. Assist specific types of businesses to obtain contracts and subcontracts, such as small businesses, minority-owned businesses, and other businesses that help us to meet our goals to improve socioeconomic conditions when we award them contracts;
E. Maximize competition; and
F. Obtain high quality products and services at reasonable prices.
1.3 Who is responsible for the Service’s acquisition program? Table 1-1 lists the employees implementing our acquisition program and their responsibilities.
1.4 What are the authorities and guidance that govern our acquisition program?
A. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is the primary document that codifies acquisition regulations and policies for executive agencies.
B. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars promulgate Federal acquisition policies and guidelines. The Circulars that most affect acquisition are:
(1) OMB Circular A-76, Performance of Commercial Activities, and
(2) OMB Circular A-123, Management Responsibilities for Internal Control.
C. The Departmental Manual (DM) Parts 401-405 provide instructions, policies, and procedures that have general and continuing applicability to acquisition.
D. The Department of the Interior Acquisition Regulation (DIAR) is the Department's supplemental acquisition regulation to the FAR.
E. The Department of the Interior Acquisition Policy Release (DIAPR) System provides policy and guidance on acquisition regulations.
F. The Contracting Officers' (CO) Handbook is our supplemental acquisition guidance to the DIAR and the FAR. CFM in Headquarters prepares and distributes it. The CO Handbook:
(1) Contains procedures for implementing the acquisition program that are unique to the Service, and
(2) Provides guidance for implementing the FAR, the DIAR, and the DM.
For information on the content of this chapter, contact the Division of Contracting and General Services. For more information about this Web site, contact Krista_Bibb, in the Division of Policy and Directives Management.