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Government Contracting Fundamentals & the FAR Workshop Virtual Class

April 23, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Government Contracting Fundamentals

The popular 3-day Fundamentals training is now available virtually with live instruction over the course of 8 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 them 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; attorneys (in-house, outside, government); and a wide variety of other professionals.

All Sessions 1:30-3:30 pm (ET) 

Part 1 – Formations

  1. April 6 – Landscape, Players, Statutes and Regulations
    • Basic Legal Framework
    • Players
    • Structure of the FAR
    • Standard contract format
    • Market Research
    • Acquisition Planning
  2. April 7 – Contract Types
    • Fixed Price
    • Cost Reiumbursement
    • Incentive and Award Fee
    • Time and Materials, Labor Hours
    • Definite vs. Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity
  3. April 8 – Procurement Process
    • Sealed Bidding
    • Negotiated Procurements
      • Assembling the Solicitation
      • Evaluation of Proposals
      • Discussions
      • Award Decisions
      • Debriefings
    • Simplified Acquisition Process
  4. April 13 – Bid Protest & Compliance Issues
    • 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)
    • Gifts, Gratuities, and Kickbacks
    • Procurement integrity

Part 2 – Administration

  1. April 20 – Contract Administration
    • Changes
    • Constructive Changes
    • Delays
    • Equitable adjustments and Claims
    • Inspection and Acceptance
  2. April 21 – Termination & Contract Closeout
    • Terminations for convenience
    • Termination for default
    • How to avoid defaults
    • Closeout
  3. April 23​ – Compliance and Ethics
    • Recruiting/Hiring Government Employees
    • Personal and Organizational Conflicts of Interest
    • Certificates and Representations
    • Truth in Negotiations Act
    • Drug Free Workplace
    • Lobbying Act Certification and Disclosure
  4. ​April 27 ​- Claims and Disputes
    • 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

FAR Workshop Virtual Class

This course is a fast-paced interactive 5-part webinar that examines the organization, content, policy and procedures of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) as it applies to Federal acquisition. Designed for new professionals in both government and industry, as well as those who want to build familiarity with, or update themselves on, the Federal Government’s regulatory system. The course includes a review of the topical divisions of the FAR, exercises to practice the participant in analyzing FAR-centered contracting issues, and group activities to reinforce the application of FAR principles. Learning Objectives

  • Identify the foundations, the organization, and principles of the FAR in order to locate, understand, interpret and use it in executing business transactions.
  • Analyze the “why” of the policies, processes and procedures set out in the FAR in order to better understand the latitude and constraints of executing a business transaction involving the expenditure of public funds.
  • Increase professional understanding of the acquisition system as well as build skills to train, mentor and coach others in usage of the FAR
  • Improve the participant’s ability to add value through their role in the acquisition process.

All Sessions 1:30pm-3:30pm

  1. May 4
  2. May 5
  3. May 7
  4. May 11
  5. May 19


April 23, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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John Plinke


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