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Understanding DFARS Compliance

Many times, contracting companies tend to be interested in having contracts with department of defense, however, little do they know that for the contract to be completed, they need to be compliant with all of the clauses specified in the defense federal acquisition regulation supplement. In most countries, the federal government is governed by set rules and regulations that oversee its acquisition of products; such rules are referred to as DFARS. It is compulsory to observe the regulations failure to which can lead to early termination of contract. In addition to termination of the contract, failing to observe the DFARS clauses can lead to a contractor losing all their work with the ministry of defense. It is worth noting that the clauses have a number of regulations, however, one of the vital regulations that contractors need to keep in mind is the DFARS clause that defines cybersecurity standards. In a cyber-security clause, contractors need to implement the requirement identified in the national institute of security and technology special publication 800-171.

It is common to find that in the course of their contracts with the government, contractors tend to be in possession of non-classified information for which the federal government regulations need safeguarding. As much as one may think the information is non-classified, there is a need for the government to protect it for national interest. As much as the information may not pose security issues to the country, disclosing it can damage a person or an entity who owns that information.

It is worth noting that not all cases involving non-compliance can lead to loss of contract, the contracting officer needs to determine the consequence of the action. It is worth noting that submitting bids for future DOD contracts is necessary for contract that involves controlled unclassified information. Suppose you are a small contractor who acts as a subcontractor to a prime contractor it is best to let the prime to be vigilant about your compliance.

Smaller contractors tend to have a hard time finding a compliance strategy for the set rules. For instance, one of the rules require the contractor to have adequate security on the covered information systems.

Here are the questions you need to ask before signing a contract with the federal government. Before you decide to enter into contract with a government, it is best to be sure of the constituents of DFARS compliance. It is the duty of contractors to ensure that they know how they will implement or plan to implement the safeguard described in the special publications. The contents of this article are vital for contractors who need to know much about DFARS compliance.

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