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0-60: Government Contracting in a Capsule and How It Differs from Commercial Contracting

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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This is a Hybrid Class, watch it online, or come to PCI and watch it in person!

This virtual class will take you from zero to sixty in three hours—from very little knowledge of government contracting to understanding an overview of its basic concepts. The instructors guide you through the labyrinth of government contracting, including the statutes, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), competition through negotiated and sealed bidding, and government contract administration (including change orders and modifications). The presentation will emphasize a comparison between contracting with the Government and contracting in the commercial world. The course is recommended for all who are “new” to government contracts, who recently entered the field, who need a quick refresher, or who have been working in commercial contracting and need a quick entrée into government contracting.

  1. Government vs. Commercial Contracting – Summary
  2. What Is the Government Contracts Lifecycle?
  3. Oh, Those Statutes, Rules and Regulations
  4. Who Has Contracting Authority?
  5. Must It Be in Writing?
  6. What Kinds of Contracts Can Be Used?
  7. What Is the Structure of a Government Contract?
  8. Must You Compete? Yes!
  9. When is a Contractor “Responsible?”
  10. What Is Sealed Bidding?
  11. What Is Negotiated Procurement?
  12. Can the Government Really Make Unilateral Changes?
  13. How Do You Manage Subcontracts
  14. How Are Socioeconomic Issues Handled?
  15. Are Audits Really a Way of Life?
  16. What Are the Compliance No-No’s?
  17. Why You Should Have a Contractor Code of Business Ethics
  18. The Dark Side: Debarment, Suspension and Ineligibility
  19. When and How Can the Government Terminate Your Contract?
  20. Subtle Traps for the Unwary – A Sampling
  21. Lessons Learned


September 18
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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John Plinke

The Public Contracting Institute is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

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