Contract Closeout On Demand

The Contract Closeout training will now be available virtually in three 1.5 hour sessions. Contract closeout is a critical, but often forgotten, piece of the Contract process. This virtual class will focus on what contractors need to move the close-out process through to completion, efficiently and effectively. Achieving closeout will ensure final payments are made, audit issues are concluded, past performance evaluations are submitted and any open issues are resolved. Timely close out efforts result in reduced contract administration and ensure a greater likelihood that contractors still have not only the institutional memory but all the documentation necessary to achieve a favorable contract close out.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to benefit both government and contractor personnel, including contracting officers, contracting specialists assigned to close outs, contractor closeout administrators, contract and subcontract administrators, contract, program and item managers, finance and accounting personnel, engineers, and attorneys (in-house, outside, government), among others.

Sessions and Topics

  • Analyze the basic steps needed to close out a contract or task/delivery order and tips about how to accomplish them to the mutual benefit of both contractor and agency alike;
  • Identify the differences in the close out process depending upon the type of contract awarded;
  • Explain when a contract or task order can be closed without an audit and when an audit is needed;
  • Explain the importance of new FAR compliance requirements;
  • Describe ways to organize the information/materials needed for close out during contract performance to avoid unnecessary delays.
  • Discuss a real life closeout scenario situation to familiarize attendees with the process and the competing considerations.


Barbara Duncombe

Ms. Duncombe is a Partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Barbara practices in the area of Government Contracts Law, representing clients regionally and nationally. For over 25 years, Barbara has worked with clients to address questions or problems with public contract formation, performance, administration, payment and dispute resolution. She has represented prime contractors, subcontractors and public buyers. Her experience focuses on analysis of contract problems and their resolution through discussion, claims and other dispute forums/processes, including Alternative Dispute Resolution as well as litigation before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Boards of Contract Appeals and federal and state courts.

Formerly the Director of the George Washington University Law School Government Contracts Program, Barbara lectures nationally and internationally on government contract and procurement issues for the law school’s continuing legal education program, the United Nations, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Panama Canal Commission as well as providing in-house representation for many corporate clients. She practiced in Washington, D.C., after she clerked before the then-U.S. Court of Claims, until she moved to Dayton. Barbara is a member of the American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Committee including the Procurement Fraud and Debarment & Suspension Committees. She earned her undergraduate degree from American University, School of International Services, and her law degree, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School.

Continuing Education Credits


6 credits for entire series.


.45 credits for entire series.

CPE (Business Law)

5 credits for entire series.


4.5 credits for entire series. This course has been approved for CLE in CA, PA, VA and TX. Because this activity has been approved in another CLE jurisdiction, you may also receive credit for participation in AK, AZ, AR, CO, FL, HI, IL, ME, MT, NJ, NY, ND, and WI (additional state requirements may apply). If you are seeking CLE credits for a jurisdiction other than the ones listed above, please contact us for additional information.


This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU. Upon their approval, it may be worth 4.5 PDU credits.

Upcoming Seminars

Webinars & Virtual Classess