A Plain Language View of the FAR

The Center for Plain Language issued its 2012 WonderMark Awards for the least usable documents—the sort of documents that make them shake their heads and say: “We wonder what they meant. We wonder what they were thinking.”

Although not the winner, the Center had this to say about the FAR:

General Services Administration (DC) — Federal Acquisition Regulations

The text is extremely dense and unnecessarily circular. The unnecessary circularity conceals, or almost conceals the fact that the regulations appear to give super power to the regulator. The circularity in the regulation allows that oddity to exist.

What were they thinking?

About George Gullo

George Gullo is an attorney editor in the Government Contracts group at Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S. George serves as the principal editor of Cost Accounting Standards Guide and supports all of the group’s print and electronic publications, as well as legal research tools, including the Government Contracts Reporter, Board of Contract Appeals Decisions, and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Smart Charts. With more than 25 years experience in the legal publishing industry, including more than 15 years in the government contracts area, George also has a background in legal and business transactions. He is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law and a licensed Illinois attorney.
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