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Instructing this course is Ralph C. Nash, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Law of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He founded the Government Contracts Program of the university's National Law Center. 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Professor Nash, a renowned leader in the government contracting industry.

Who should attend:

Contractors and subcontractors with government contracts and those facing immediate changes with their contracts. Attendees should have a base-level knowledge of Government Contracting and Federal Acquisition Regulations and/or agency level supplements.

The course highlights advanced topics that continue to challenge seasoned professionals, including:

    • Contract Administrators

    • Directors of Contracting

    • Contract Specialists

    • Attorneys

    • Compliance Officers

    • Finance and Accounting Professionals

    • Subcontract Specialists

What you will learn:

This is a core course in government contracts, and students will work through the most definitive and comprehensive coursebook in print on this subject, Government Contract Changes, 3d.

If you know government contracts, you know the significance of changes. If you don't know government contracts, but are becoming involved, you had better know the significance of changes. For there is no doubt that the overwhelming number of operating problems and claims arising out of Government contracts center around questions of actual or constructive changes in the work. The contractors know this . . . the government knows this. . . attorneys, accountants and professional representatives for both camps know this. . .and you (we are sure) know this.

Course includes full coverage of the Changes Clause:

    • What it really means

    • What triggers it

    • Determining its impact on profit

    • Each party's rights

    • Strategies for effective contract administration

    • Other equitable relief

    • Securing prompt & equitable payment

    • Calculating the cost of the change

No matter how keen your sense of awareness, or how advanced your level of knowledge, Government contract changes is a subject about which you can never know enough. Because it is so active, so volatile, so prone to almost-daily development, that failure to pay it constant court can render your knowledge obsolete. Or, looking at it from the opposite angle, a dedicated effort to "keep current," without periodic reevaluations of the subject as a whole, can lead to the cliché-situation of having forgotten more than you know.

Dates and Locations
May 10-11, 2017
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
San Diego, CA, California
$1325
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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Changes & Equitable Adjustments In Government Contracts Course Curriculum

  1. WHY CHANGES CLAUSES
    1. Flexibility of Govt operations
    2. Correction of errors & omissions
    3. Vehicle for contractor claims

     
  2. CHANGES CLAUSE PEDIGREE
    1. Early use
    2. Original standard forms
    3. Current types of clauses
    4. Analysis of clauses

     
  3. BASIC CLAUSE COVERAGE
    1. “Within the [contract’s] general scope”
    2. The “cardinal change” doctrine
    3. Descriptive words
    4. Deductive changes vs. convenience terminations

     
  4. THE C.O.’S CHANGE ORDER AUTHORITY
    1. Contracting Officer’s key role
    2. Scope & limitations of authority
    3. Interpretations & rulings

     
  5. C.O. DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY
    1. Contract-related Govt representatives
    2. Apparent authority doctrine
    3. Expressly delegated authority
    4. Impliedly delegated authority
    5. Limitation of authority clauses
    6. Dangers
    7. Contractor protection techniques
    8. Court-one last chance

     
  6. CONTRACT INTERPRETATION
    1. Ambiguity as a constructive change
    2. Duty to inquire & clarify
    3. Industry practice
    4. Construe against the drafter

     
  7. FORMAL CHANGES ORDERS
    1. Origination of changes
    2. Types of formal change orders
    3. Processing the orders
    4. Issuing the orders

     
  8. CONTRACTOR’S DUTY TO PROCEED
    1. Mandatory duty to perform change
    2. Application of the duty
    3. Contractor’s right to clear direction
    4. Effect of failure to proceed

     
  9. CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES - GENERAL
    1. The doctrine
    2. Effect on contract administration
    3. Rules of contract interpretation
    4. Contractor “duty” to seek clarification
    5. Constructive orders for extra work
    6. Govt interference with work
    7. Notice by contractor

     
  10. CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES - DEFECTIVE SPECS
    1. Basic theory
    2. Defects in drawings & specifications
    3. Impossibility/impracticality of performance
    4. Procedural problems

     
  11. CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE ACCELERATION
    1. Elements of constructive acceleration
    2. Excusable delay
    3. Notice to Govt of delay

     
  12. SCHEDULE CHANGES
    1. Critical path analysis
    2. Gantt charts
    3. PERT charts
    4. Improvement curves
    5. Labor, material & loss of learning cost calculations
    6. Govt claims for delay
    7. Liquidated damages

     
  13. CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES/GOVT MISREPRESENTATIONS
    1. Analysis of the doctrine
    2. Govt nondisclosure of technical information
    3. Govt disclaimers of liability

     
  14. PRICE ADJUSTMENTS FOR CHANGED WORK
    1. Principles of equitable adjustments
    2. Pricing methods & techniques
    3. Overhead & profit
    4. Special problems & exceptions
    5. Costs of processing claims

     
  15. PRICING CHANGE-RELATED COSTS
    1. Delay costs
    2. Unabsorbed overhead
    3. Inefficiency & idle labor
    4. Increased costs under other contracts
    5. Costs of change-order proposals
    6. Self insurance expenses

     
  16. SPECIAL EQUITABLE ADJUSTMENT CASES
    1. Defective specifications
    2. Acceleration
    3. Incentive contract changes

     
  17. PROVING COSTS
    1. Burden of proof rules
    2. Detailed proof
    3. “Jury verdict” method
    4. “Total cost” method

     
  18. COST REIMBURSEMENT CONTRACTS
    1. Special changes clause considerations
    2. Technical direction
    3. Impact of cost limitation clauses
    4. Claims

     
  19. VALUE ENGINEERING
    1. The Value Engineering (V.E.) clauses
    2. Administration of the clauses
    3. Technical data supporting V.E. proposals
    4. What & when is a recoverable proposal
    5. Scope & measure of contractor’s recovery

     
  20. CHANGES IN DATA
    1. Defective Govt furnished data
    2. Changes in data after delivery
    3. Extra data requirement during performance
    4. CDRL omissions
    5. Proprietary data pricing
    6. Public Law 95-525

     
  21. CLAIMS PRESENTATION & DEFENSE
    1. Changes clause notice requirements
    2. Problems & methods of proof
    3. Govt deductive change claims
    4. Negotiations procedures & techniques
    5. Settlement possibilities
Ralph C. Nash, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Law, GWU
Ralph C. Nash, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of Law of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., from which he retired in 1993.  He founded the Government Contracts Program of the university's National Law Center in 1960, was Director of the Program from 1960 to 1966 and from 1979 to 1984, and continues to be actively involved in the Program.  He was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research and Projects, of the Law Center from 1966 to 1972.

Professor Nash has specialized in the area of Government Procurement Law.  He worked for the Navy Department as a contract negotiator from 1953 to 1959, and for the American Machine and Foundry Company as Assistant Manager of Contracts and Counsel during 1959 and 1960.

He graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1953, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School in 1957.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta, and the Order of the Coif.

Professor Nash is active as a consultant for government agencies, private corporations, and law firms on government contract matters.  In recent years, he has served widely as neutral advisor or mediator/arbitrator in alternate dispute resolution proceedings.  He is active in the Public Contracts Section of the American Bar Association, is a member of the Procurement Round Table, and is a Fellow and serves on the Board of Advisors of the National Contract Management Association.  

During the 1990s, Professor Nash was active in the field of acquisition reform.  He served on the "Section 800 Panel" that recommended revisions to all laws affecting Department of Defense procurement, the Defense Science Board Task Force on Defense Acquisition Reform, and the Blue Ribbon Panel of the Federal Aviation Administration.
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