Report Working at Risk in Contract Award Process Posted May 24, 2011 dw:You are wrong. You need to be more careful with your FAR research. FAR 50.101-1, which implements Pub. L. 85-804, does not authorize the president to enter into contracts without funds. See FAR 50.102-3, "Limitations on exercise of authority," paragraph ((3): Thanks for the correction Vern, but that leaves the original question unanswered; what mechanism do we or anyone else in the acquisition system have to obtain non-optional supplies or services in the event that funding is not available to the ordering agency? Do we just send out a foraging party, confiscate private supplies or do we release the troops and tell them they are on their own? I realize this is not a likely scenario, but it is possible. It is happening in some countries today, and has happened in our past. It CAN happen again, so I think it wise for us to know if there is a means of obtaining the required supplies or services without descending into anarchy. Perhaps there is no answer to that question and anarchy will be the result. I hope not, because anarchy is much more difficult to recover from than would be a temporary and defined relaxation of the appropriation laws.