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FUN with the FAR℠ Season 7

August 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:40 pm


26 Bi-Weekly* Sessions from October 2019 to September 2020

Covering each Part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and created to make the FAR approachable and thought provoking for contracting professionals at all levels. This training is delivered in an innovative talk-show format with PCI’s most gregarious instructor Steve Daoust as your host and a different subject matter expert each session. 

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is a complex set of rules governing the federal government’s purchasing process. Its purpose is to ensure purchasing procedures are standard, consistent and conducted in a fair and impartial manner. To accomplish this, it is critical for contracting professionals in the government and private sector to have a working knowledge of the source document—the FAR. Ignorance of the rules can lead to costly and undesirable outcomes. This webinar is designed to teach government and private sector contracting professionals techniques to efficiently and effectively maneuver through the extensive number of clauses and provisions in order to select the right clauses and correct procedures applicable to their contract.

Receive a complimentary copy of the FAR Desk Reference Manual with your purchase of the entire series. 

Why Fun with the FAR is unique and valuable:  

  • Study Guides/Workbooks. A great preparation tool before the session and resource after the session.
  • Active Listening & Participation.  Information shared through active conversation between host, guest, and participants rather than lecture.
  • FAR Facts. Summary documents of important key points are provided after each session.
  • Networking Opportunities. PCI has developed a special LinkedIn site for participants to interact with each other and instructors throughout the year.  The site will also be used to update folks on FAR-related topics throughout the year.
  • Access & Interaction with Experts. Before, during, and after the session our experts will help you understand and navigate the FAR! Plus, you have unlimited access to all recordings and resource materials in our comprehensive on-line library.

And, we have Fun!   

  • Trivia, Prizes, and More. For added fun, our instructors ask both Contracting and Pop Culture trivia, giving out lots of prizes each week. Prizes include t-shirts, golf shirts, umbrellas, shopping bags, coffee mugs and the ever-popular FUN with the FAR Stress Toy!

Season 7 Changes

  • Extended Sessions. Sessions will run 12:00-1:40; an extra ten minutes to earn two full CPE credits per session; 52 CPEs for the year.
  • Updated Study Guides and Title Slides. While we intentionally do not teach via PowerPoint slides, this year we have developed “fun” transition slides to help you follow along with your updated workbook outlines.
  • Always Fresh. Our experts update the materials each year to reflect the cutting edge in government contracting. Keep your team up-to-date on the latest changes to the FAR as our instructors cover yearly changes and address new developments in real time.
  • Customized Learning. Participants will help develop the focus of instruction through surveys and direct feedback to instructor prior to each session.

*Please see schedule tab for list of class dates. Occasionally the sessions are held either one or three weeks apart to accommodate holidays.

Program Schedule

October 16: Session 1
Part 1 (Federal Acquisition Regulation System)
Part 2 (Definitions and Words & Terms)

*October 30: Session 2
Part 3 (Improper Business and Personal Conflicts of Interest)

*November 6: Session 3
Part 5 (Publicizing Contract Actions)
Part 6 (Competition Requirements)

November 20: Session 4
Part 7 (Acquisition Planning)

December 4: Session 5
Part 8 (Required Sources of Supplies and Services)
Part 38 (Federal Supply Schedule Contracting)
Part 39 (Acquisition Information Technology)
Part 51 (Special Focus on Contractors Placing Orders under Federal Supply Schedules)

December 18: Session 6
Part 4 (Administrative Materials)
Part 24 (Protection of Privacy and Free of Information)

January 8: Session 7
Part 12 (Acquisition of Commercial Items)
Part 13 (Simplified Acquisition Procedures)

January 22: Session 8
Part 9 (Contractor Qualifications)
Part 14 (Sealed Bidding)
Review Trivia

February 5: Session 9
Part 15 (Contracting by Negotiation)

February 19: Session 10
Part 15.4 (Contract Pricing)

March 4: Session 11
Part 16 (Types of Contracts)

March 18: Session 12
Part 17 (Special Contracting Methods)
Part 18 (Emergency Acquisitions)

April 1: Session 13
Part 19 (Small Business Methods)
Part 26 (Other Socioeconomic Programs)

April 15: Session 14
Part 22 (Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions)
Part 23 (Environment, Energy, and Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace)

April 29: Session 15
Part 25 (Foreign Acquisition)

May 13: Session 16
Part 27 (Patents, Data, and Copyrights)

May 27: Session 17
Part 28 (Bonds and Insurance)
Part 29 (Taxes)

June 10: Session 18
Part 30 (Cost Accounting Standards Administration
Part 31 (Contract Cost Principles and Procedures)
Part 32 (Contract Financing)

June 24: Session 19
Part 33 (Protests, Disputes, and Appeals)
Review Trivia

July 8: Session 20
Part 34 (Major System Acquisition)
Part 35 (Research and Development Contracting)

July 22: Session 21
Part 36 (Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts)
Part 37 (Service Contracting)
Part 41 (Acquisition of Utility Services)
Part 48 (Value Engineering)

August 5: Session 22
Part 42 (Contract Administration and Audit Services)
Part 43 (Contract Modification)

August 19: Session 23
Part 44 (Subcontracting Policies and Procedures)

September 2: Session 24
Part 45 (Government Property)
Part 46 (Quality Assurance)
Part 47 (Transportation)

September 16: Session 25
Part 49 (Terminations of Contracts)

September 30: Session 26
Part 50 (Extraordinary Contractual Actions and the Safety Act)
Part 51 (Use of Government Sources by Contractors)
Part 52 (Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses)
Review Trivia


August 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:40 pm
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Delivery Method
Live Virtual Training