Premier Series and Academies

 

GMU Certificate Programs

Certificate Tracks in Contracting with the Federal Government through George Mason University Executive and Professional Education

FUN with the FAR

Covering each Part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and created to make the FAR approachable and thought-provoking for contracting professionals at all levels.

DFUN with the DFARS

Covering each Part of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and created to make the DFARS approachable and thought-provoking for contracting professionals at all levels.

HOWs

Our Hands-On Workshops are low-cost trainings on common yet complex issues in the Government contracts space.

Masters Academy - Best Practices in Government Contracting

The Masters Academy is an advanced course focusing on leading practices in key areas of Government contracting.

Masters Academy - Best Practices in International Contracting

The Masters Academy – International is an innovative program designed to help you succeed in the international Government contracting market.

0-60 Government Contracting in a Capsule

The 0-60 program teaches you and your team everything you need to know about a topic in one discrete virtual class session. One day, one session, one topic covered.

Government Contracting Fundamentals

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.

Federal IT Acquisitions Virtual Class Series

This course will cover:

  • Overview of Federal IT Acquisitions:  FAR and DFARS  (spread over 2 sessions)
  • Cybersecurity Requirements in Federal IT Acquisitions:  Best Practices
  • NIST SP 800 53 and NIST SP 800-171:  Technical Requirements and What they Mean to Contractors
  • Cloud Computing, IOT & Related Risks
  • International IT Acquisitions:  What Contractors Need to Know About European Cybersecurity Regulations
The Professor's Forum Virtual Class Series

Experience this unique opportunity. This popular webinar series with Professor Ralph Nash is now a virtual class. Each month Professor Nash and Tim Sullivan will broadcast live training from PCI’s studio in Washington, DC. You can join us in person or log on and enjoy a dynamic dialogue with Ralph and Tim and learn about important contracting issues and best practices. This is also an excellent opportunity for you and your colleagues to join in a group environment and bring your questions.

 

May the Clause Be With You Virtual Class Series

Clauses set forth in FAR PART 52, without doubt, establish a critical foundation in every Federal Government Contract. You might even say they’re the “Force” that binds a contract together! Thus, mastering when, how, and even if certain clauses should be referenced or used is a goal all should try to achieve. But due to the intimidation caused by the complexity of these clauses (especially for the beginner), that goal is often seen as impossibly out-of-reach. PCI and their expert FAR Clause Masters are ready to raise the level of your mindfulness and acumen of the FAR in a unique way.

In this NEW weekly program, our experts will select and introduce to you—in a practical way—some of the most important but often misused FAR contract clauses in an easy-to-digest 15 to 30-minute live Virtual Class. Each week will lead to your understanding the “why” and “how” a selected clause should be used and, for prime contractors, how it should be used in federal subcontracts or adapted to commercial contracts. Clauses that will be addressed throughout the year include the following:

  • 52.204-7, System for Award Management
  • 52.215-1, Instructions to Offerors – Competitive Acquisition
  • 52.232-1, Payments
  • 52.244-2, Subcontracts

A short, live question/answer session will also follow each Virtual Class. This special program will also be available via audio podcast format, so you can increase your knowledge where and how you want it! Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to have fun and raise the level of your FAR Clause knowledge from Padawan to Master. May the Clause be with you, always!

 

Subcontracting Summit Virtual Class Series

If you are perplexed by the twists and turns of subcontracting, the curve balls that prime contractors throw at you, and the challenges presented by your own subcontractors, we have just what you need! Join our instructors Cy Alba, Tim Sullivan, Bill Walter, as well as special guests, for PCI’s “Subcontracting Summit,” a series of nine 75-minute virtual webinars beginning in September.

You and your colleagues are invited to participate as our experienced faculty explains virtually every aspect of the subcontracting process over the nine-part series, using case studies based on actual events whenever possible. Whether you are a prime contractor preparing subcontracting plans or dealing with subcontracting plan audits, a subcontractor losing work share or not being paid, or trying to understand why certain terms show up in subcontracts and how the regulations relate to them, our instructors will provide you with real-life answers and guidance each month. Further, you will hear how each side views a particular subcontracting challenge and how smart contractors have resolved them. You’ll develop a better understanding of what the Federal government’s role in the process is, despite its attempts to stay out of it.

Framework for Each Class:

  • Background
  • Case studies/Anecdotes
  • Case law
  • Best practices
  • Bring your questions!

 

Government Contracting Fundamentals Virtual Class

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.

 

Communicating Effectively to the Government Virtual Class Series

Regardless of advances in technology, effective communications remain critical in a Government contract setting. Join Tim Sullivan, Steve Daoust and Stephen Yuter as they discuss some of the problems they frequently encounter, how to deal with those problems, and how to avoid them in the future. Our speakers will break the Government contracting process into three distinct phases, Pre-Proposal, the Proposal Process, and Post-Award, and will focus on the communications challenges in each phase and best practices for overcoming them. They will discuss the most effective means of communication for each particular problem, the importance of tone, and the need to understand your audience.

 

Federal Contracting Trends Virtual Class

It’s easy to get lost in the weeds of federal contracting, but it’s important for both government buyers and industry partners to have a strategic-level understanding of the mechanics and trends of the federal market. We give you a government-wide and industry-wide view of the most important trends in federal contracting. Understanding the broader dynamics at play is crucial to ensuring your organization is not surprised by external developments that could impact your effectiveness.

 

Popular Topics Free Webinar Series

Join some of PCI’s most popular instructors for a brief (between 60 and 90 minutes) overview of a topic. If that webinar is useful to you, consider signing up for one of PCI’s more in-depth classes on that topic.

Upcoming Free Webinars

November 5: Basics of Contract Interpretation
12:00-1:15 (EDT)
Instructor: Ken Allen

Recorded Free Webinars

You can view these webinar recordings by clicking for more information!

September 27: Audit Proof your Incurred Cost Submission
Instructor: Michelle Massarini

September 12: The New U.S. Export Controls Statute
Instructor: Ira Hoffman

August 29: Cyber Incident Reporting and Data Protection in the Supply Chain Webinar
Instructors: Glenn Sweatt & Brian Cruz

August 23: DoD Cybersecurity Requirements
Instructors: Townsend Bourne & Michael Tomaselli

July 10: What is the Difference between Claims and Equitable Adjustments?
Instructor: Richard Lieberman

May 22: Federal Procurement Domestic Preferences
Instructor: Ira Hoffman

May 3: Contract (Mis)Interpretation
Instructor: Michelle Litteken

April 11: Material Management and Accounting System (MMAS)
Instructor: Ki Capitano

March 15: Solving the FAR Puzzle
Instructor: Tim Sullivan

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7082284642334076163

Financial Forum Webinar Series

A CAN’T MISS LIVE MONTHLY UPDATE AND OPPORTUNITY TO “ASK THE EXPERTS.” Join the professionals from Dentons’ Government Contracts Practice for a webinar series providing practical advice regarding government contracts cost accounting compliance issues, discussing cost and pricing trends and detailing contractor best practices. Both contractor and government practitioners will benefit from this informative and exciting webinar series.

Each registration allows for one person to log in. Your team members can join you in a conference room for no additional cost. Additional logins for those located in other offices, working remotely, or otherwise unable to participate with the registrant can be purchased for $200 each.

 

Supply Chain Symposium Webinar Series

PCI and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will collaborate again in 2018 to present the fourth year of the Supply Chain Symposium, a monthly webinar series that provides insights about latest legal and practical issues that impact the supply chain. Attendees include management from the largest prime contractors and systems integrators to employees of small businesses and the lowest tier of subcontractors. In 2018, the PCI/Pillsbury Supply Chain Symposium will cover the mandatory FAR and DFARS flow-down clauses as of January 1, 2018; best practices in subcontract management and administration; preservation of data rights; monitoring cyber security throughout the supply chain; bid protest issues; cost and pricing issues; and recommended areas of emphasis driven by the current Presidential administration. We hope you will join us.

Each registration allows for one person to log in. Your team members can join you in a conference room for no additional cost. Additional logins for those located in other offices, working remotely, or otherwise unable to participate with the registrant can be purchased for $200 each.

Topics & Dates

All webinars run from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (ET)

January 17: 2018 Update – Mandatory FAR Flow-Down Clauses and Best Practices
February 21: 2018 Update – Advanced Flow-Downs, Mandatory DFARS Clauses and Best Practices
March 21: Small Business Opportunities, Risks, and Challenges Impacting the Supply Chain
April 18: Cyber Incident Reporting and Data Protection in the Supply Chain
May 16: Best Prime and Sub Practices for Successful Contract Formation and Protests
June 20: 2018 Update – Prime and Sub Cost Allowability and Pricing Issues

Registration
$945, $472.50 Government

Each registration allows for one person to log in. Your team members can join you in a conference room for no additional cost. Additional logins for those located in other offices, working remotely, or otherwise unable to participate with the registrant can be purchased for $200 each.

 

Trending Cost & Pricing Issues

Join Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP’s Bill Walter for an interactive discussion on current topics in cost & pricing. Government Contracting Officers are required to “purchase supplies and services from responsible sources at fair and reasonable prices.” How to accomplish this lofty goal is part process and part experience. There are many tools and techniques that are available in the marketplace and many companies and agencies will apply these in different ways. Cost Analysis and Price Analysis are the primary, essential tools used in assessing fairness and reasonableness of proposed prices. The purpose of this virtual class series is to provide insight understanding into the requirements that need to be understood by buyers and sellers in all government contracting situations. The sessions are led in a straight forward, interactive manner with real world experience and current guidance and trends through a thorough discussion of these concepts in practical and actionable terms. Participants will learn not only how things are done but understand why some of the requirements exist. The course objective, simply stated, is to have participants obtain a working level understanding of cost and price analysis and their impact on the procurement process.

 

Cybersecurity: It Isn’t Just for Techies Anymore! Virtual Class Series

This series, taught by two experts in the field, will walk participants through the most important issues facing government contractors as they navigate the fast-changing issues of cybersecurity. Starting with a survey of the current threats confronting all companies in the cyber world, and ending with a session about how to deal with a breach of your systems, this series will also delve into the new government contracting rules relating to cybersecurity, as well as the new twists on existing technology and privacy laws in light of today’s cyber events.

Augmented by guest lecturers from government and the private sector, this webinar series will combine teaching of the key rules with war stories from the front lines and practical advice from experienced practitioners.