Solicitation and Contract Formats, Provisions, and Clauses

(FAR parts 12, 15, and 52)

Sometimes, federal agencies do not include all the provisions and clauses required by law and regulation in solicitations issued to the public. This may be because the requirement is urgent or the acquisition team isn’t aware that certain elements must be included. Regardless of the circumstances, solicitation and contract documents must include the proper provisions and clauses and be prepared in the format required by the FAR to be in compliance with law and regulation.


The federal government uses two different types of contract formats for most solicitations and contracts. One format, the uniform contract format (UCF), is for ...

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