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Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (RedBook)

Use Interactive Third Edition Volumes and Index/TOA  The Index/Table of Authorities (TOA) for the third edition has links connecting a word in the index or a citation in the TOA to the location of that word or citation within a volume. Volumes I and II also have links to each other and the Index/TOA. For these links to work, download the files to the same folder or directory on your computer. The third edition Index/TOA does not work with the Annual Update to Volume I of the third edition.

Here’s how:
1.     Download this file ( ZIP ) (8.3 MB)
2.     Extract the three files (Volume I, Volume II, and the Index/TOA) to one folder.
3.     Open any file and use the links to jump to the others.
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General Service Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM)
The GSAM incorporates the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) as well as internal agency acquisition policy. GSAR material is shaded. The shading helps users to distinguish and identify those parts that are regulatory from those that apply internally to GSA. For more information, contact the Office of Acquisition Policy at (202) 501-1224 or

Federal Management Regulation (FMR)  
The current FMR includes Amendments from FMR Amendment 2009-05, effective August 14, 2009.The FMR is the successor regulation to the Federal Property Management Regulation (FPMR). It contains updated regulatory policies originally found in the FPMR. However, it does not contain FPMR material that described how to do business with the GSA

NIH Home Page
The home page for the National Institutes of Health, the parent organization of the Office of Research Services.
Federal Acquisition Regulations
Online version of the Federal Acquisition Regulations.

NIH Solicitation board for requirements between $10K-25K
Formerly known as Bid Board. Only requirements between $10,000 and $25,000 from some of the NIH Consolidated Offices of Acquisition are listed here. Refer to HHS Physical Bulletin Board Listing, GSA Ebuy, Simplix, and FedBizOpps for additional business opportunities at NIH.

System for Award Management
The System for Award Management (SAM) is the Official U.S. Government system that consolidated the capabilities of CCR/FedReg, ORCA, and EPLS. There is NO fee to register for this site. Entities may register at no cost directly from this page. User guides and webinars are available under the Help tab.

Beta SAM The former, or FedBizOpps, site for agencies to post contract solicitations is replaced by Beta SAM as part of a GSA initiative "to reduce burden and to streamline the federal award process" as part of its federal marketplace strategy to consolidate 10 separate award systems.


GPO access
GPO Access (Database list)
A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), providing free online access to the Federal Register, Congressional Record, Congressional Bills, and other electronic government information products.


Manual chapters
NIH Manual Chapters
The official mechanism for issuing NIH policy and procedures, available for viewing and searching online.

HHS Acquisition Regulation
The Health and Human Services Acquisition Regulation (HHSAR) is codified at 48 CFR Chapter 3. It implements and supplements the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). The HHSAR is revised periodically as needed. Online version.


ENGNET Converter External Site
Online unit conversion calculator



This page was last updated on Apr 02, 2021