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Acquisition Policies Implementation Guidance

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NOTE: Any interim HHSAR changes with an effective date prior to January 26, 2010, have been superseded by the amended HHSAR.


Competition Advocate/Task and Delivery Order Ombudsman Announcement

Contract Competition Advocate

The HHS Competition Advocate promotes competition for the purchase of products and services. The advocate works with HHS contracting officers to ensure that procurements are not a barrier to competition. The specific duties of the Advocate can be found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Ms. Deborah Griffin, the HHS Competition Advocate, can be reached at or by telephone at (202) 690-8662.

Task and Delivery Order Ombudsman

Contractors who have concerns or disagreements with the selection of an awardee for a competitively-awarded task or delivery order should contact Ms. Deborah Griffin. She can be reached at or by telephone at: (202) 690-8662.

For information about the duties of the Ombudsman, see the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

ATTENTION: The Advocate and Ombudsman do not serve as a general complaint investigator for HHS programs not directly related to awarded competitions. 


Conferences and Meetings

  • HHS Policy on Promoting Efficient Spending (January 23, 2015): Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meetings, Food, Promotional Items, and Printing and Publications
    •     Attachment 1: HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Conferences and Meeting Space (January 23, 2015)
      •     Exhibit 1: Conference Spending Provisions of the HHS Appropriations Act
      •     Exhibit 2: List of Meetings and Events that are Not Conferences
      •     Exhibit 3: Conference Expenses and Reporting Requirements
    •     Attachment 2: HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Food
    •     Attachment 3: HHS Policy on Use of Appropriated Funds for Promotional Items
    •     Attachment 4: HHS Policy on Printing and Publications


OMB Guidance


Policy and Guidance Memoranda

  • Policy vs. Guidance: Defining the Difference
    This memorandum defines the words “policy” and “guidance” and indicates the way these terms will be used by the Department when issuing acquisition workforce documentation.



Security and Fraud


Software and Licensing

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Content created by Assist. Sec./Financial Resources - Division of Acquisition
Content last reviewed on January 26, 2015