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Two concentrated days on how to understand and use the Federal Acquisition Regulation in your daily contracting activities including in-depth analysis of the FAR system, the key contract clauses and contract forms. Provides comprehensive coverage of the FAR for new users and an advanced treatment of specific issues for experienced contract professionals.

Course includes an explanation and demonstration of how to use the FAR online for research, reference, and updating.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) directly affects the purchase and sale of over $200 billion worth of supplies, services and construction each year by federal and state procurement offices. This critically important document is comprehensive, complex, and continually changing. All contract professionals involved in a FAR-based procurement must have a detailed working knowledge of the FAR to ensure that they are getting the best possible contract and that they are in full compliance with all applicable laws.

This course is designed to address these challenges in a highly practical and user-friendly way. As the name indicates, this course is a Workshop. The instructor and students will work through practical exercises specifically designed to demonstrate how to work with the FAR. Students will develop and refine the skills necessary to apply the FAR to virtually any acquisition situation. The FAR provides considerable flexibility in many aspects of federal procurement. Often, however, buyers and sellers are unfamiliar with the range of discretion in the FAR. This course will distinguish between those sections of the FAR that are mandatory and those that allow the parties to structure the contract to fit the situation.

The course will also cover court and board decisions that have interpreted the most important FAR clauses. Such knowledge can provide a significant business advantage to those who understand how a particular FAR clause is likely to be interpreted in litigation. Since most users of the FAR access it through their computers, this course will include a computer demonstration of various techniques for searching and updating the FAR.

Dates and Locations
November 5-6, 2018
The Westin San Diego
San Diego, CA
December 10-11, 2018
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, Hilton Head and Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference Locations
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Orlando, FL
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for all other locations

FAR Workshop Course Curriculum

  1. General Information
    1. The Federal Acquisition Regulation System
    2. Where to Find the Regulations
    3. How to Keep Up With the regulations
    4. The Contracting Officer
    5. Definitions of Key Terms, Phrases, and Words
    6. Improper Business Practices
    7. Personal Conflicts of Interest
    8. Procurement Integrity Matters

  2. Acquisition Planning
    1. Publicizing Contract Actions
    2. Competition Requirements
    3. Required Sources of Supplies and Services
    4. Contractor Qualifications
      1. Responsibility
      2. Debarment
      3. Suspension
    5. Specifications, Standards, and Other Purchase Descriptions
      1. Design vs. Performance
      2. Minimum Needs
      3. Brand Name or Equal
    6. Acquisition and Distribution of Commercial Products
    7. Contract Delivery or Performance

  3. Contracting Methods and Types of Contracts
    1. Small Purchase and Other Simplified Purchase Procedures
    2. Sealed Bidding
      1. Bid Opening
      2. Late Bids
      3. Mistakes in Bids
    3. Contract by Negotiation
    4. Source Selection Procedures
    5. Best and Final Offers
    6. The Truth in Negotiations Act
    7. Types of Contracts
      1. Fixed price
      2. Cost reimbursement
      3. Other types
    8. Special Contracting Methods

  4. Socio-Economic Programs
    1. Small Business and Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns
    2. Labor Surplus Areas Concerns
    3. Application of Labor Laws to Government Contracts
    4. Environmental regulations & restrictions; conservation & occupational safety
    5. Protection of privacy & freedom of information issues
    6. Foreign Acquisition
      1. Buy American Act
      2. Trade Agreement Act
      3. Balance of Payments program
    7. Other Socio-Economic Programs

  5. General Contracting Requirements
    1. Patents, Data and Copyrights
    2. Bonds and Insurance
    3. Taxes
    4. Cost Accounting Standards
      1. The OFPP
      2. CAS Board
    5. Contract cost principles & procedures
    6. Contract financing
      1. Progress payments
      2. Assignment of claims
      3. Prompt Payment Act
    7. Protests, Disputes and Appeals
      1. The Contracting Officer
      2. The GAO
      3. Agency Boards
      4. The Court of Federal Claims
      5. The Boards of Contract Appeals
      6. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  6. Special Categories of Contracting
    1. Major System Acquisition
    2. Research and Development Contracting
    3. Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts
    4. Service Contracts
    5. Federal Supply Schedule Contracting
      1. Single award schedules
      2. Multiple award schedules
    6. Management, Acquisition and Use of Information Resources; IT Procurement

  7. Contract Management
    1. Contract Administration
    2. Disallowances
    3. Contract Modifications
    4. Change Orders, Constructive Changes and Equitable Adjustments
    5. Subcontracting Policies
    6. Government Property
    7. Quality Assurance; Inspection, Acceptance and Warranties
    8. Transportation
    9. Value Engineering
    10. Termination of Contracts-Convenience and Default
    11. Extraordinary Contractual Actions
    12. Use of Government Sources by Contractors

  8. Clauses and Forms
    1. Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses
    2. Incorporation by Reference and Full Text
    3. The Numbering System
    4. The Clause Matrices
    5. Using the Forms
    6. Standard Forms
    7. Optional Forms

  9. Latest Developments
    1. The OFPP and FAR Council
    2. Pending Legislation
    3. Federal Acquisition Circulars (FAC)
    4. The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act, Clinger Cohen Act, Service Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), and Other Procurement Reforms


Mr. Steven N. Tomanelli is the owner of  Steven N. Tomanelli & Associates and is an attorney specializing in federal procurement law in the Washington DC area. Mr. Tomanelli provides legal services, training and consulting services in all aspects of federal procurement law and federal appropriations law, including:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Contract Compliance
  • Subcontracting
  • Teaming Agreements
  • Bid Protests
  • Performance Based Contracting
  • Source Selection Support
  • Commercial Item Contracting
  • Terminations
  • COTR Training
Mr. Tomanelli is a retired Air Force Judge Advocate and has held numerous high-level procurement law positions, including Chief of Acquisition and Fiscal Law for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command and Senior DoD Counsel for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  He has provided consulting services and legal advice in support of highly classified major system acquisitions and has a current TS/SCI security clearance.  Mr. Tomanelli was a Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia, for three years where he provided instruction in a wide variety of procurement and fiscal law topics. In 2001, he was selected as “The Outstanding Career Judge Advocate of the Air Force.”

Mr. Tomanelli has authored over forty course books and written numerous articles for national publications on federal procurement and fiscal law.  Mr. Tomanelli has authored a comprehensive textbook titled, A Practical Guide to Federal Appropriations Law (MCI, 2003); is the Lead Editor of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Annotated FAR for Thomson-West Publishing Company; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Government Contractor (West Publishing). 

Mr. Tomanelli received his B.A. and J.D. at Hofstra University and his Master of Laws (LL.M) in Federal Procurement Law at George Washington University.  While earning his Master of Laws degree in Procurement, Mr. Tomanelli worked as an Intern at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

Michael A. Killham is a California attorney specializing in federal procurement law. Mr. Killham provides legal services, training, and consulting services in all aspects of federal procurement and federal appropriations law, including Contract Formation and Compliance, Subcontracting, Teaming Agreements, Bid Protests, Commercial Item Contracting, Terminations, Source Selection Support, and COTR Support, Mr. Killham served as corporate counsel for several major U.S. government contractors following his retirement as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate. These assignments included that of Director, Legal Operations, for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Palmdale, California; General Counsel for Thales-Raytheon Systems Company LLC and MD Helicopters, Inc. in Fullerton, California and Mesa, Arizona, respectively; Senior Business Counsel for Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California; and Division Counsel for two operating divisions of Litton Industries, Inc. In these positions, he was responsible for identifying, advising on, and resolving a wide variety of legal issues, including those relating to government and commercial contracting, subcontracting, export-import compliance, corporate governance, intellectual property rights, labor/employment law, and litigation management.
While in the military, Mr. Killham served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division (Procurement Fraud Branch), U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.; as the Senior Command Counsel in Kuwait during a period of build-up for renewed hostilities with Iraq; as the Senior Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law on the faculty of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia; as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division, Arlington, Virginia; and as the Chief, Military Justice and a Criminal Prosecutor for the 1st Armored Division in Germany.

Mr. Killham received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School, and a Master of Laws degree (with emphasis on U.S. Government Procurement) from The Judge Advocate General's School. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry Officer's Basic Course, Ranger School, Airborne School, and Command and General Staff College, and has served as an Executive Officer, S-3 Air Officer, and Platoon Leader in the 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
All Federal Publications Seminars courses meet the course requirements of the National Contract Management Association’s certification programs. We are a proud Education Partner of the NCMA.
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This Program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
Defense Acquisition Workforce members must acquire 80 Continuous Learning Points (CLP) every two years from the date of entry into the acquisition workforce for as long as the member remains in an acquisition position per DoD Instruction 5000.66. We will provide you with documentation of points awarded for completing the event.
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (CLP) hours of credit
States have widely varying regulations regarding MCLE credit. LegalEdcenter is an approved provider in AL, AK, AR, CA, GA, IL, ME, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WV. Credit may be applied for in other jurisdictions on request and in accordance with state MCLE rules.
** Please note that because some states are changing their policy on CLE reporting, you will need to fill out the request for credit from Federal Publications Seminars within 10 business days, or we may not be able to issue credits for the program.
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (50 minutes)
Executive Conference and Training Center
22685 Holiday Park Drive, Suite 60
Suite 60
Sterling, VA 20166

Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles
22700 Holiday Park Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 537-7800

There is a room block for this location.  This hotel is located across the street from the ECTC.  For guest room reservations, call 703.537.7800 and reference “Federal Publications." Note that these reservations must be made three weeks prior to the start of the event and that the rooms are subject to availability.

Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be served at this location.


Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles
22700 Holiday Park Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 537-7800

There is a room block for this location.  This hotel is located across the street from the ECTC.  For guest room reservations, call 703.537.7800 and reference “Federal Publications." Note that these reservations must be made three weeks prior to the start of the event and that the rooms are subject to availability.

Breakfast, lunch and breaks will be served at this location.

The Westin San Diego
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
There is no room block for this location.
Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
Specific topics or issues within a topic area are covered. Students should be familiar with terms of art and general concepts concerning the course topic.
Workshops and class discussions cover specific subject matter in-depth, and participation is strongly encouraged. Attendees should have at least 2-3 years' experience in the area of study.
Courses build upon students' knowledge and experience, and cover complex issues within the subject matter. Should have 4-5 years' mastery of subject for in-depth analysis.
Masters-level programs designed for professionals with 5+ years' experience. Courses cover in-depth and technical analysis on specific subjects and updates on current issues.
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November 5-6, 2018 San Diego, CA
December 10-11, 2018 Sterling, VA
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