government contracts

OMB Circular A-110

OMB Circular A-110 establishes uniform administrative requirements for federal grants and agreements awarded to institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations. 

Procurement Integrity

Establishes standards of conduct for competing contractors and government procurement officers. Requires signed certificates of procurement integrity. Prohibits bidders on government contracts from soliciting or receiving proprietary and source selection information from agency personnel. Criminal sanctions apply.

Service Contract Act of 1965

Rate of pay requirements for employees working under federal service contracts. Also addresses fringe benefits, safe and sanitary working conditions, notification to employees of minimum compensation allowed, and equivalent federal employee classification wage rates.

Truth in Negotiations Act

Requires prime contractors and subcontractors to submit cost or pricing data certified to be accurate, complete and current, respecting government contracts exceeding $500,000.

Certification of Principals for Federal Funding

Colleges and universities receiving federal funding are required to make certain certifications. The applicant for federal funding must certify, among other things, that neither it nor its principals have been debarred or suspended from participating in any federal program, and that they have not been convicted of or had civil judgments entered against them for fraud or certain other offenses. 

Davis Bacon Act

Rate of pay requirements for employees working under federal construction contracts over $2,000. The Act requires contractors to pay their employees a specified minimum wage determined by the Secretary of Labor to be prevailing for similar work in that geographic area.

Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988

Requires institutions that receive grants and certain contracts from any federal agency to certify that it will provide a drug-free work place 


Technically the FAR as a whole does not apply to non-profits. Instead, non-profits follow the rules in OMB Circulars a-110, a-133, and A-21. However, indivdual clauses in the the FAR will be applicable to non-profits.

Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949

Federal Government contractors with contracts of $100,000 or more to post notices informing their employees of their rights as employees under Federal labor laws.