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It’s likely that you’ve heard about the DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) compliance deadline of December 31, 2017. If your business interacts with the Department of Defense in any way, you’ll need to be compliant with the new regulations or face stiff penalties.  

In this blog post, we’ll provide an overview of DFARS 252.204-7012 compliance and what you need to do to become compliant. So, if you’re confused about DFARS, continue reading below. 

What is DFARS? 

DFARS is the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement. DFARS provides supplemental guidance to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary set of regulations governing all federal government contracting activities.  

DFARS applies to all Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition programs and contracts, regardless of dollar value or complexity. DFARS implements statutes, executive orders, presidential directives, and DoD policies and procedures related to defense acquisition.  

DFARS also establishes specific contracting requirements, such as those related to national security, cybersecurity, industrial base protection, and export control. In addition, DFARS contains clauses and provisions that must be included in all DoD contracts. DFARS is periodically updated to keep pace with changes in the acquisition landscape, so it is important for contractors to stay current on all DFARS updates. 

Do You Need to Comply with DFARS? 

DFARS compliance is required for all contractors and subcontractors that do business with the DoD. DFARS compliance ensures that contractors and subcontractors are meeting the highest standards for quality, safety, and security. DFARS compliance also helps to protect the DoD’s supply chain from risks such as fraud and counterfeit products.  

To comply with DFARS, contractors and subcontractors must have a robust quality management system in place. The quality management system must be able to meet the DFARS requirements for documenting, controlling, and auditing processes. In addition, the quality management system must be able to support the DoD’s contract requirements.  

DFARS compliance can seem daunting, but it is essential for doing business with the DoD. With a little planning and preparation, your company can easily meet the DFARS requirements. 

Implementing Enough Security Protocols 

Implementing adequate security protocols can be a daunting task, but it is essential for NGOs working with the DOD. DFARS provides a roadmap for implementing these protocols and ensuring that they are adequate to protect sensitive information and resources. By following DFARS requirements, NGOs can help keep the DOD safe and secure. 

What Happens if You Don’t Comply with DFARS? 

DFARS compliance is important for any business that works with the U.S. Department of Defense. DFARS stands for the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, and it contains a set of regulations that businesses must follow when contracting with the DOD.  

DFARS compliance covers a wide range of areas, including cybersecurity, export control, and anti-corruption.  

The consequences for non-compliance can be severe, ranging from financial penalties to debarments from future DOD contracts. That’s why it’s essential for businesses to make sure they are in compliance with DFARS before working with the DOD. By doing so, they can avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of non-compliance.