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Session Schedule Location Tuition Status
Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-FRI
Washington , DC $1249 O
Apr 23 - Apr 27, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-FRI
Washington , DC $1249 O
Jul 16 - Jul 20, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-FRI
Washington , DC $1249 O
Aug 13 - Aug 17, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-FRI
Dallas , TX $1249 O
Sep 10 - Sep 14, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-FRI
Washington , DC $1249 O
Nov 26 - Nov 30, 2018
08:30 - 16:30 , MON-FRI
Washington , DC $1249 O
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Course overview

Discover the unique laws of federal contracts that are derived from statutes, regulations and the decisions of administrative and judicial forums. Learn the sources of the current laws and, more important, how contract laws can be expected to be applied to common contracting situations. Become informed about contracting issues and know when to call on legal counsel to avoid or mitigate potentially serious risks in acquisition and contracting activities.

Who should attend?

All acquisition personnel as well as program and project personnel involved with government contracts.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain laws and regulations which are the framework of government contracting
  • Identify the legal requirements of sealed bidding and negotiation in the contract award process
  • Define from a legal perspective: types of contracts, subcontracting, contract administration and performance
  • Explain legal remedies for bidders and contractors and the role of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Course outline

Day one of five

The Uniqueness of the Government as a Contractor

  • General considerations
  • Appropriations and fiscal laws
  • Advance payments

Contract Formation Principles

  • Introduction
  • Prerequisites to contract formation
  • Implied contracts
  • Unenforceable contracts
  • Rights of third parties

Authority of Government Agents

  • Types of authority
  • Who acts for the government
  • Unauthorized acts

The Statutory and Regulatory Framework

  • Statutes
  • Regulations
  • The Christian Doctrine
  • The Competition in Contracting Act (CICA)
  • Intellectual Property

Day two of five

Miscellaneous Acquisition Procedures

  • Simplified acquisition procedures
  • Federal supply schedules
  • Task order and delivery order contracting
  • Commercial item acquisition

Sealed Bidding

  • Introduction
  • Specifications
  • Soliciting bids
  • Responsiveness
  • Late bids
  • Mistakes in bids
  • Bid evaluation and award
  • Effecting award
  • Rejection of bids
  • Two-step sealed bidding

Responsibility, Suspension, Debarment

  • Responsibility
  • Suspension
  • Debarment

Day three of five

Competitive Proposals

  • Introduction
  • When negotiation is authorized
  • Restrictions on competition
  • Evaluation factors
  • Award on initial proposal basis
  • The competitive range
  • Discussions
  • Evaluation and selection
  • Ethical considerations and unfair competitive advantage
  • Price and cost analysis

Day four of five

Types of Contracts

  • Fixed-price contracts
  • Cost-reimbursement contracts (negotiated procurements only, not sealed bidding)
  • Other contract types

Day five of five

Socioeconomic Considerations

  • Small business
  • Labor standards
  • Equal employment
  • Preferred products
  • Environment

Subcontracting

  • Definition
  • Desirability
  • Government-subcontractor relationships

Contract Administration

  • Change clause
  • Suspension of work
  • Differing site conditions clause
  • Inspection and acceptance
  • Payment
  • Termination for convenience clause
  • Default clause
  • Assignment of claims

Disputes and Remedies

  • Contract award disputes
  • Contract performance disputes
  • Contract fraud
  • Extraordinary relief
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