Contracts to which this chapter applies
Except as provided in subsection (b), this chapter applies to any contract or bid specification for a contract, whether negotiated or advertised, that—
is made by the Federal Government or the District of Columbia;
involves an amount exceeding $2,500; and
has as its principal purpose the furnishing of services in the United States through the use of service employees.
This chapter does not apply to—
a contract of the Federal Government or the District of Columbia for the construction, alteration, or repair, including painting and decorating, of public buildings or public works;
any work required to be done in accordance with chapter 65 of this title;
a contract for the carriage of freight or personnel by vessel, airplane, bus, truck, express, railway line or oil or gas pipeline where published tariff rates are in effect;
a contract for the furnishing of services by radio, telephone, telegraph, or cable companies, subject to the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.);
a contract for public utility services, including electric light and power, water, steam, and gas;
an employment contract providing for direct services to a Federal agency by an individual; and
a contract with the United States Postal Service, the principal purpose of which is the operation of postal contract stations.
(Pub. L. 111–350, § 3, Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 3812.)