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Government Contracting Fundamentals Virtual Class

March 27 @ 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:45pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 1, 2018




The popular 3-day Fundamentals training is now available virtually with live instruction over the course of 7 weeks/sessions. You can attend in person at PCI in Washington, DC or virtually from any computer.

The course provides an overview and discussion of the federal government contracting process, including the procurement laws, regulations, and practical requirements applicable to it. For those who are new, relatively inexperienced, or require a supervisory understanding of government contracting, this course will provide an overview that will thoroughly familiarize the attendee with the federal contracting process, provide a strong foundation on which to build greater subject-matter expertise, and dispel common myths and misunderstandings. For those with some experience, the course will refresh understanding, heighten knowledge, provide context, sharpen issue awareness, and improve the ability to operate successfully in this highly complex and competitive field.

Who Should Attend:
This “fundamentals” course is designed to benefit both government and contractor personnel, including contracting officers, contract and subcontract administrators, contract, program and item managers, finance and accounting personnel, engineers, and attorneys (in-house, outside, government), among others.

Dates & Topics

All Sessions Tuesdays, 1:45 – 4:00 pm (ET) 

  1. Landscape and Players and Developing the Procurement – March 20
    • Basic Legal Framework
    • Players
    • Structure of the FAR
    • Standard contract format
    • Market Research
    • Acquisition Planning
      • Market Research
      • Specifications
      • Commercial vs. Non-Commercial
      • New vs. Existing Procurement


  2. Contract Types – March 27
    • Competition Requirements and Exceptions
    • Contract Types
      • Fixed Price
      • Cost Reiumbursement
      • Incentive and Award Fee
      • Time and Materials, Labor Hours
      • Definite vs. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity
    • Schedule Contracts
    • Socio-Economic programs
    • Labor Standards


  3. Procurement Process – April 3
    • Sealed Bidding
    • Negotiated Procurements
      • Assembling the Solicitation
      • Evaluation of Proposals
      • Discussions
      • Award Decisions
      • Debriefings
    • Simplified Acquisition Process


  4. Compliance Issues in Performing Government Contracts – April 10
    • Gifts, Gratuities, and Kickbacks
    • Procurement integrity
      • Protecting Procurement Sensitive and Other Company Proprietary Information
    • Recruiting/Hiring Government Employees
    • Personal and Organizational Conflicts of Interest
    • Certificates and Representations
      • Truth in Negotiations Act
    • Domestic Preference Laws
    • Drug Free Workplace
    • Lobbying Act Certification and Disclosure


  5. Issues in Contract Administration – April 17
    • Changes
    • Constructive Changes
    • Delays
    • Equitable adjustments and Claims
    • Inspection and Acceptance


  6. Terminations – April 24
    • Terminations for convenience
    • Termination for default
    • How to avoid defaults
    • Closeout


  7. Bid Protests and Disputes – May 1
    • Protests
      • Grounds for Protest
      • Pre-award vs. Post- Award
      • The Protest Process
        • Agency-Level Protests
        • U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
        • Court of Federal Claims (COFC)
    • Claims and Disputes
      • Requests for Equitable Adjustment (REAs)
      • Claims
      • Litigation
      • Choosing the Right Forum
        • Court of Federal Claims
        • Boards of Contract Appeals
        • Arbitration
        • Alternative Dispute Resolution


Continuing Education Credits

14 credits for entire series. 2 credits per session.


1.575 credits for entire series. 0.225 per session

CPE (Business Law)
18.5 credits for entire series. 2.5 credits per session.

15.75 credits for entire series for AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, HI, ME, MT, NJ, NY, ND, OR, OH, PA, TX, VA, WI (if you need CLE for a state not listed, call us.) 2.25 credits per session.


This course can be submitted to Project Management Institute (PMI) for PDU.  Upon their approval, it may be worth 2.25 PDU credits per session or 15.75 credits for the entire series.





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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