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Homeland Security Acquisition Manual

The Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Manual (HSAM) is issued by the Acquisition Policy and Legislation Branch within the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO). The HSAM establishes for the Department of Homeland Security uniform department-wide acquisition policy and procedures, which implement or supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR), and other agency regulations and statutory requirements. This page provides access to the current version of the HSAM. Expand each HSAM chapter below to navigate and download individual subchapter PDFs.

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Homeland Security Acquisition Manual - Full

Homeland Security Acquisition Manual - Full

Chapter 3001 - Federal Acquisition Regulation System

Chapter 3001 - Federal Acquisition Regulation System

  • Subchapter 3001.1 - Purpose, Authority, Issuance
  • Subchapter 3001.2 - Administration
  • Subchapter 3001.3 - Agency Acquisition Regulations
  • Subchapter 3001.4 - Deviations from the FAR, HSAR, HSAM
  • Subchapter 3001.6 - Career Development, Contracting Authority, and Responsibilities

Chapter 3002 - Definition of Words and Terms

Chapter 3002 - Definition of Words and Terms

  • Subchapter 3002.1 - Definitions

Chapter 3003 - Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest

Chapter 3003 - Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest

  • Subchapter 3003.1 - Safeguards
  • Subchapter 3003.6 - Contracts with Government Employees or Organizations, Owned or Controlled by Them
  • Subchapter 3003.7 - Voiding and Rescinding Contracts
  • Subchapter 3003.9 - Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees
  • Subchapter 3003.10 - Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct

Chapter 3004 - Administrative Matters

Chapter 3004 - Administrative Matters

  • Subchapter 3004.1 - Contract Execution
  • Subchapter 3004.2 - Contract Distribution
  • Subchapter 3004.4 - Safeguarding Classified Information Within Industry
  • Subchapter 3004.5 - Electronic Commerce in Contracting
  • Subchapter 3004.6 - Contract Reporting
  • Subchapter 3004.8 - Government Contract Files
  • Subchapter 3004.9 - Taxpayer Identification Number Information
  • Subchapter 3004.11 - System for Award Management
  • Subchapter 3004.13 - Personal Identity Verification
  • Subchapter 3004.15 - Reserved
  • Subchapter 3004.70 - Review and Approval of Proposed Contract Actions
  • Subchapter 3004.71 - Contents of a Procurement Request Package

Chapter 3005 - Publicizing Contract Actions

Chapter 3005 - Publicizing Contract Actions

  • Subchapter 3005.000 - Scope
  • Subchapter 3005.1 - Dissemination of Information
  • Subchapter 3005.2 - Synopses of Proposed Contract Actions
  • Subchapter 3005.3 - Synopses of Contract Awards
  • Subchapter 3005.4 - Release of Information
  • Subchapter 3005.5 - Paid Advertisements

Chapter 3006 - Competition Requirements

Chapter 3006 - Competition Requirements

  • Subchapter 3006.1 - Full and Open Competition
  • Subchapter 3006.3 - Other than Full and Open Competition
  • Subchapter 3006.5 - Advocates for Competition

Chapter 3007 - Acquisition Planning

Chapter 3007 - Acquisition Planning

  • Subchapter 3007.1 - Acquisition Plans
  • Subchapter 3007.2 - Planning for the Purchase of Supplies in Economic Quantities
  • Subchapter 3007.4 - Equipment Lease or Purchase
  • Subchapter 3007.5 - Inherently Governmental Functions

Chapter 3008 - Required Sources of Supplies and Services

Chapter 3008 - Required Sources of Supplies and Services

  • Subchapter 3008.000 - Scope of part
  • Subchapter 3008.4 - Federal Supply Schedules
  • Subchapter 3008.8 - Acquisition of Printing and Related Supplies
  • Subchapter 3008.11 - Leasing of Motor Vehicles
  • Subchapter 3008.90 - Purchase of Motor Vehicles

Chapter 3009 - Contractor Qualifications

Chapter 3009 - Contractor Qualifications

  • Subchapter 3009.1 - Responsible Prospective Contractors
  • Subchapter 3009.2 - Qualification Requirements
  • Subchapter 3009.3 - First Article Testing and Approval
  • Subchapter 3009.4 - Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility
  • Subchapter 3009.5 - Organizational and Consultant Conflicts of Interest

Chapter 3010 - Market Research

Chapter 3010 - Market Research

  • Subchapter 3010.000 - Scope of part

Chapter 3011 - Describing Agency Needs

Chapter 3011 - Describing Agency Needs

  • Subchapter 3011.1 - Selecting and developing requirement documents
  • Subchapter 3011.2 - Using and Maintaining Requirements
  • Subchapter 3011.6 - Priorities and Allocations

Chapter 3012 - Acquisition of Commercial Items

Chapter 3012 - Acquisition of Commercial Items

  • Subchapter 3012.1 - Acquisition of Commercial items-General
  • Subchapter 3012.3 - Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses for the Acquisition of Commercial Items
  • Subchapter 3012.4 - Unique Requirements Regarding Terms and Conditions for Commercial Items

Chapter 3013 - Simplified Acquisition Procedures

Chapter 3013 - Simplified Acquisition Procedures

  • Subchapter 3013.1 - Procedures
  • Subchapter 3013.2 - Actions At or Below the Micro-Purchase Threshold
  • Subchapter 3013.3 - Simplified Acquisition Methods
  • Subchapter 3013.5 - Simplified Procedures for Certain Commercial Items

Chapter 3014 - Sealed Bidding

CHAPTER 3014 - SEALED BIDDING

  • Subchapter 3014.1 - Use of Sealed Bidding
  • Subchapter 3014.2 - Solicitation of Bids
  • Subchapter 3014.4 - Opening Bids and Award of Contract

Chapter 3015 - Contracting by Negotiation

Chapter 3015 - Contracting by Negotiation

  • Subchapter 3015.2 - Solicitation and Receipt of Proposals and Information
  • Subchapter 3015.3 - Source Selection
  • Subchapter 3015.4 - Contract Pricing
  • Subchapter 3015.5 - Preaward, Award, and Postaward Notifications, Protests, and Mistakes
  • Subchapter 3015.6 - Unsolicited Proposals

Chapter 3016 - Types of Contracts

Chapter 3016 - Types of Contracts

  • Subchapter 3016.1 - Selecting Contract Types
  • Subchapter 3016.4 - Incentive Contracts
  • Subchapter 3016.5 - Indefinite-Delivery Contracts
  • Subchapter 3016.6 - Time-and-Materials, Labor-hour, and Letter Contracts

Chapter 3017 - Special Contracting Methods

Chapter 3017 - Special Contracting Methods

  • Subchapter 3017.1 - Multi-Year Contracting
  • Subchapter 3017.2 - Options
  • Subchapter 3017.5 - Interagency Acquisitions
  • Subchapter 3017.70 - Intra-Agency Acquisitions
  • Subchapter 3017.71 - Requirements for Acquisitions Involving Strategically Sourced Commodities
  • Subchapter 3017.72 - Reverse Auctions

Chapter 3018 - Emergency Acquisitions

Chapter 3018 - Emergency Acquisitions

  • Subchapter 3018.2 - Emergency Acquisition Flexibilities

Chapter 3019 - Small Business Programs

Chapter 3019 - Small Business Programs

  • Subchapter 3019.2 - Policies
  • Subchapter 3019.5 - Set-aside for Small Business
  • Subchapter 3019.6 - Certificates of Competency and Determinations of Responsibility
  • Subchapter 3019.7 - The Small Business Subcontracting Program
  • Subchapter 3019.8 - Contracting with the Small Business Administration (The 8(a) Program)

Chapter 3020 (Reserved)

Chapter 3020 (Reserved)

Chapter 3021 (Reserved)

Chapter 3021 (Reserved)

Chapter 3022 - Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions

Chapter 3022 - Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions

  • Subchapter 3022 - Scope
  • Subchapter 3022.1 - Basic Labor Policies
  • Subchapter 3022.3 - Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards
  • Subchapter 3022.4 - Labor Standards for Contracts Involving Construction
  • Subchapter 3022.6 - Contracts for Materials, Supplies, Articles, and Equipment Exceeding $15,000
  • Subchapter 3022.8 - Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Subchapter 3022.10 - Service Contract Labor Standards
  • Subchapter 3022.13 - Equal Opportunity for Veterans
  • Subchapter 3022.14 - Employment of Workers with Disabilities
  • Subchapter 3022.15 - Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor

Chapter 3023 - Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug Free Workplace

Chapter 3023 - Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug Free Workplace

  • Subchapter 3023.2 - Energy and Water Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Subchapter 3023.4 - Use of Recovered Materials and Biobased Products
  • Subchapter 3023.7 - Contracting for Environmentally Preferable Products and Services

Chapter 3024 - Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information (Reserved)

Chapter 3024 - Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information (Reserved)

Chapter 3025 - Foreign Acquisition

Chapter 3025 - Foreign Acquisition

  • Subchapter 3025.1 - Buy American--Supplies
  • Subchapter 3025.2 - Buy American-Construction Materials
  • Subchapter 3025.4 - Trade Agreements
  • Subchapter 3025.10 - Additional Foreign Acquisition Regulations
  • Subchapter 3025.11 - Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses
  • Subchapter 3025.70 - American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Restrictions on Foreign Acquisition

Chapter 3026 - Other Socioeconomic Programs

Chapter 3026 - Other Socioeconomic Programs

  • Subchapter 3026.2 - Disaster or Emergency Assistance Activities

Chapter 3027 - Patients, Data, and Copyrights

Chapter 3027 - Patients, Data, and Copyrights

  • Subchapter 3027.2 - Patents and Copyrights
  • Subchapter 3027.3 - Patent Rights Under Government Contracts

Chapter 3028 - Bonds and Insurance

Chapter 3028 - Bonds and Insurance

  • Subchapter 3028.1 - Bonds and Other Financial Protections
  • Subchapter 3028.2 - Sureties and Other Security for Bonds
  • Subchapter 3028.3 - Insurance

Chapter 3029 - Taxes

Chapter 3029 - Taxes

  • Subchapter 3029.1 - General
  • Subchapter 3029.3 - State and Local Taxes

Chapter 3030 - Cost Accounting Standards Administration

Chapter 3030 - Cost Accounting Standards Administration

  • Subchapter 3030.2 - CAS Program Requirements

Chapter 3031 - Contract Cost Principles and Procedures

Chapter 3031 - Contract Cost Principles and Procedures

  • Subchapter 3031.1 - Applicability
  • Subchapter 3031.2 - Contracts with Commercial Organizations

Chapter 3032 - Contract Financing

Chapter 3032 - Contract Financing

  • Subchapter 3032.000 - Scope
  • Subchapter 3032.1 - Non-Commercial Item Purchase Financing
  • Subchapter 3032.2 - Commercial item Purchase Financing
  • Subchapter 3032.4 - Advance Payments f or Non-Commercial Items
  • Subchapter 3032.5 - Progress Payments Based On Costs
  • Subchapter 3032.6 - Contract Debts
  • Subchapter 3032.7 - Contract Funding
  • Subchapter 3032.8 - Assignment of Claims
  • Subchapter 3032.9 - Prompt Payment
  • Subchapter 3032.11 - Electronic Funds Transfer
  • Subchapter 3032.70 - Contract Payments

Chapter 3033 - Protests, Disputes, and Appeals

Chapter 3033 - Protests, Disputes, and Appeals

  • Subchapter 3033.1 - Protests
  • Subchapter 3033.2 - Disputes and Appeals

Chapter 3034 - Major System Acquisition

Chapter 3034 - Major System Acquisition

  • Subchapter 3034.0 - General
  • Subchapter 3034.2 - Earned Value Management System

Chapter 3035 - Research and Development Contracting

Chapter 3035 - Research and Development Contracting

  • Subchapter 3035.0 - Scope

Chapter 3036 Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts

Chapter 3036 Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts

  • Subchapter 3036.2 - Special Aspects of Contracting for Construction
  • Subchapter 3036.6 - Architect-Engineer Services

Chapter 3037 - Service Contracting

Chapter 3037 - Service Contracting

  • Subchapter 3037.1 - Service Contracts-General
  • Subchapter 3037.2 - Advisory and Assistance Services
  • Subchapter 3037.5 - Management Oversight of Service Contracts
  • Subchapter 3037.6 - Performance-Based Acquisition

Chapter 3038 - Federal Supply Schedule Contracting (Reserved)

Chapter 3038 - Federal Supply Schedule Contracting (Reserved)

Chapter 3039 - Acquisition of Information Technology

Chapter 3039 - Acquisition of Information Technology

  • Subchapter 3039.1 - General
  • Subchapter 3039.2 - Electronic and Information Technology

Chapter 3040 - (Reserved)

Chapter 3040 - (Reserved)

Chapter 3041 - Acquisition of Utility Services

Chapter 3041 - Acquisition of Utility Services

  • Subchapter 3041.1 - General
  • Subchapter 3041.2 - Acquiring Utility Services
  • Subchapter 3041.5 - Solicitation Provision and Contract Clauses

Chapter 3042 - Contract Administration and Audit Services

Chapter 3042 - Contract Administration and Audit Services

  • Subchapter 3042.002 - Interagency agreements
  • Subchapter 3042.1 - Contract Audit Services
  • Subchapter 3042.2 - Contract Administration Services
  • Subchapter 3042.270 - Contracting Officer's Representative (COR)
  • Subchapter 3042.3 - Contract Administration Office Functions
  • Subchapter 3042.5 - Postaward Orientation
  • Subchapter 3042.6 - Corporate Administrative Contracting Officer
  • Subchapter 3042.7 - Indirect Cost Rates
  • Subchapter 3042.8 - Disallowance of Costs
  • Subchapter 3042.15 - Contractor Performance Information

Chapter 3043 - Contract Modifications

Chapter 3043 - Contract Modifications

  • Subchapter 3043.2 - Change Orders
  • Subchapter 3043.70 - Undefinitized Contract Actions

Chapter 3044 - Subcontracting Policies and Procedures

Chapter 3044 - Subcontracting Policies and Procedures

  • Subchapter 3044.3 - Contractors' Purchasing Systems Reviews

Chapter 3045 - Government Property

Chapter 3045 - Government Property

  • Subchapter 3045.1 - General
  • Subchapter 3045.3 - Authorizing the Use and Rental of Government Property
  • Subchapter 3045.6 - Reporting, Redistribution, and Disposal

Chapter 3046 - Quality Assurance

Chapter 3046 - Quality Assurance

  • Subchapter 3046.3 - Contract Clauses
  • Subchapter 3046.4 - Government Contract Quality Assurance
  • Subchapter 3046.6 - Material Inspection and Receiving Reports
  • Subchapter 3046.7 - Warranties
  • Subchapter 3046.790 - Use of warranties in major systems acquisitions by the Unites States Coast Guard (USCG)

Chapter 3047 - Transportation

Chapter 3047 - Transportation

  • Subchapter 3047.1 - General
  • Subchapter 3047.2 - Contracts for Transportation or for Transportation-Related Services
  • Subchapter 3047.5 - Ocean Transportation by U.S. - Flag Vessels

Chapter 3048 - Value Engineering

Chapter 3048 - Value Engineering

  • Subchapter 3048.001 - Definitions
  • Subchapter 3048.1 - Policies and Procedures
  • Subchapter 3048.2 - Contract clauses
  • Subchapter 3048.70 - Annual Value Engineering Report

Chapter 3049 - Termination of Contracts

Chapter 3049 - Termination of Contracts

  • Subchapter 3049.1 - General Principles
  • Subchapter 3049.4 - Termination for Default

Chapter 3050 - Extraordinary Contractual Actions

Chapter 3050 - Extraordinary Contractual Actions

  • Subchapter 3050.1 - Extraordinary Contract Actions

Chapter 3051 - Use of Government Sources by Contractors (Reserved)

Chapter 3051 - Use of Government Sources by Contractors (Reserved)

Chapter 3052 - Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses (Reserved)

Chapter 3052 - Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses (Reserved)

Chapter 3053 - Forms

Chapter 3053 - Forms

  • Subchapter 3053.1 - General
  • Subchapter 3053.2 - Prescription of Forms

Appendices

HSAM Appendices

  • Appendix A Heads of the Contracting Activities
  • Appendix AA Template for Individual or Class Determination and Findings (D&F) for Domestic Nonavailability Exceptions to the Buy American Act
  • Appendix AB Demand for Payment Letter Template
  • Appendix AC Template for Report of Planned Construction Requirements
  • Appendix AD Template for Notice of Pending Termination
  • Appendix AE Template for Individual or Class Determination and Findings (D&F) for Domestic Nonavailability Exceptions to the Kissell Amendment
  • Appendix B Reporting Requirements
  • Appendix C Review and Approval Matrix
  • Appendix D Congressional Notification Requirements
  • Appendix E Contract Award Notice Requirements
  • Appendix F Designation Memorandum for Procuring Activity Advocate for Competition Template
  • Appendix G Checklist for Sensitive Information
  • Appendix H Acquisition Planning Forecast System and Small Business Review Form Requirements Matrix
  • Appendix I Approval of an Intra-Agency Assisted Acquisition Template
  • Appendix J Structured Approach for Profit or Fee Objective
  • Appendix K Unsolicited Proposals and Procedures
  • Appendix L Determination to Award a Task Or Delivery Order Contract to a Single Source
  • Appendix L Determination to Make a Single Award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA)
  • Appendix M Determination and Findings - Time & Materials, Labor Hour
  • Appendix N Determination and Findings - Overtime Approval
  • Appendix O Semi-Annual Labor Compliance Report
  • Appendix P Department of Labor Sample Letter
  • Appendix Q DHS Affirmative Procurement Plan (APP)
  • Appendix R Determination and Findings - Authority to Make Progress Payments
  • Appendix S Payment Approval Template
  • Appendix T Checklist for Private Sector Temporary Personnel
  • Appendix U Memorandum of Understanding - DCAA and DHS
  • Appendix V Determination and Findings - Authority to Enter into an Interagency Acquisition Under the Economy Act
  • Appendix W Contracting Officer's Representative (COR), Nomination and Appointment Correspondence
  • Appendix X Partnership Agreement Between U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Appendix Y Determination and Findings - Authority to Award an Award Fee Contract
  • Appendix Z DHS Acquisition Plan Template
Last Published Date: July 23, 2021

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