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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. Both a paperback desk copy and an electronic version of the FAR will be provided to each participant.

Dates and Locations
November 4-5, 2014
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
$1095.00
January 29-30, 2015
Executive Conference & Training Center
Sterling, VA
$1,120
February 12-13, 2015
Marriott Courtyard Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
$1,120
April 23-24, 2015
Executive Conference & Training Center
Sterling, VA
$1,120
May 6-7, 2015
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
$1,145
May 13-14, 2015
Waterview Conference Center at CEB
Arlington, VA
$1,120
June 25-26, 2015
Washington Athletic Club
Seattle, WA
$1,120
July 22-23, 2015
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC, United States
$1,145
August 19-20, 2015
The Downtown Harvard Club of Boston
Boston, MA
$1,120
September 15-16, 2015
Marriott Courtyard San Diego
San Diego, CA
$1,120
November 16-17, 2015
Executive Conference & Training Center
Sterling, VA
$1,120
DAILY SCHEDULE
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for Hilton Head
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA
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

The Course Director

MR. STEVEN N. TOMANELLI, J.D., LL.M.

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.

For more information on Mr. Tomanelli's publications, click here. 
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Executive Conference & Training Center
22685 Holiday Park Drive
Sterling, VA 20166
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
Guest rooms are available at the Hampton Inn and Suites Dulles (22700 Holiday Park Drive), located across the street from the meeting venue.  Please call the hotel at 703-537-7800 and specify that you are part of "Federal Publications" to receive the special group rate of $129/night.  

Rooms are limited and subject to availability, so please book early.  Reservations must be made three weeks prior to the meeting start date.

Full Meal Service: Continental Breakfast, Breaks, Lunch Included
TRAVEL INFORMATION
Guest rooms are available at the Hampton Inn and Suites Dulles (22700 Holiday Park Drive), located across the street from the meeting venue.  Please call the hotel at 703-537-7800 and specify that you are part of "Federal Publications" to receive the special group rate of $129/night.  

Rooms are limited and subject to availability, so please book early.  Reservations must be made three weeks prior to the meeting start date.

Full Meal Service: Continental Breakfast, Breaks, Lunch Included
Executive Conference and Training Center
22685 Holiday Park Drive
Suite 500
Sterling, VA 20166
TRAVEL INFORMATION

Guest rooms are available at the Hampton Inn and Suites Dulles (22700 Holiday Park Drive), located across the street from the meeting venue. Please call the hotel at 703-537-7800 and specify that you are part of "Federal Publications" to receive the special group rate of $129/night. Rooms are limited and subject to availability, so please book early. Reservations must be made three weeks prior to the meeting start date.

Full Meal Service: Continental Breakfast, Breaks, Lunch Included

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92122
18585521234
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
For guest room reservations at the group rate of $195/night plus taxes.  For guest room reservations, please call 800.233.1234 and reference the "Federal Publications" room block at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, prior to the cut-off date of April 3, 2015. Rooms are subject to availability.
RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
Please note that we have also reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. Please call Michelle Penney of the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858.552.1234 x2204 and reference the "Federal Publications Government Room Block" to obtain this special rate. Guest rooms at the government per diem will be available until April 3, 2015, and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.
TRAVEL INFORMATION
For guest room reservations at the group rate of $195/night plus taxes.  For guest room reservations, please call 800.233.1234 and reference the "Federal Publications" room block at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, prior to the cut-off date of April 3, 2015. Rooms are subject to availability.

Please note that we have also reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. Please call Michelle Penney of the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858.552.1234 x2204 and reference the "Federal Publications Government Room Block" to obtain this special rate. Guest rooms at the government per diem will be available until April 3, 2015, and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.
Marriott Courtyard Long Beach
500 East First Street
Long Beach, CA 90802
5624358511
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
Hotel reservations need to be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 or (562) 435-8511 to reserve rooms under "Federal Publications" group rate of $132/night plus tax.

Please note: Continental breakfast, coffee and tea will be served. Also cookies will be served in the afternoon. No lunch will be served.
TRAVEL INFORMATION
Hotel reservations need to be made by individual attendees directly with Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 321-2211 or (562) 435-8511 to reserve rooms under "Federal Publications" group rate of $132/night plus tax.

Please note: Continental breakfast, coffee and tea will be served. Also cookies will be served in the afternoon. No lunch will be served.
Marriott Courtyard San Diego
530 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
6194463000
TRAVEL INFORMATION
There is no room block for this event.  Guests may call Marriott Courtyard San Diego directly at 1-800-321-2211 for best available rate.

Note concerning food & beverage service: There will be coffee, tea, and water only; no breakfast or lunch. Cookies will be served in the afternoon.
The Downtown Harvard Club of Boston
One Federal Street
38th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
6175422070
TRAVEL INFORMATION
There is not a room block for this course location.  Nearby hotels include:

Club Quarters in Boston
161 Devonshire St, Boston, MA 02110
(617) 357-6400

InterContinental Boston
510 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210
(617) 747-1000

Harborside Inn
185 State St, Boston, MA 02109
(617) 723-7500

Nine Zero Hotel Boston, a Kimpton Hotel
90 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 772-5800
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC, United States 29928
8886278551
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
For guest room reservations, please call 843.681.4000 and reference “Federal Publications” to obtain the group rate of $228/night, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until check-out), plus taxes.  Guest rooms at the group rate will be available until June 19 2015, and are subject to availability.
RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
Please note that we have reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until check-out), plus taxes. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company.  

Please call 843.681.4000 and reference “Federal Publications / Government Room Block” to obtain this special rate.  Guest rooms at the government rate will be available until June 19, 2015, and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.
TRAVEL INFORMATION
For guest room reservations, please call 843.681.4000 and reference “Federal Publications” to obtain the group rate of $228/night, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until check-out), plus taxes.  Guest rooms at the group rate will be available until June 19 2015, and are subject to availability.

Please note that we have reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until check-out), plus taxes. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company.  

Please call 843.681.4000 and reference “Federal Publications / Government Room Block” to obtain this special rate.  Guest rooms at the government rate will be available until June 19, 2015, and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.
Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
2064643050
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
Please call Washington Athletic Club 206-464-3050 and request the Federal Publications room block to receive the special rate of $189.00 + tax per night.  Rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Please note: Continental breakfast, coffee & tea will be served. No lunch will be served, but cookies will be served in the afternoon.
TRAVEL INFORMATION
Please call Washington Athletic Club 206-464-3050 and request the Federal Publications room block to receive the special rate of $189.00 + tax per night.  Rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Please note: Continental breakfast, coffee & tea will be served. No lunch will be served, but cookies will be served in the afternoon.
Waterview Conference Center at CEB
1919 North Lynn Street
Suite 500
Arlington, VA 22209
5714812200
TRAVEL INFORMATION

No room block. Nearby hotels include:

Hyatt Arlington (0.2 mi SW)
1325 Wilson Blvd, Rosslyn, VA
703-525-1234

Le Meridien Arlington (156 ft. SE)
1121 19th St. N., Arlingotn, VA
703-351-9170

Holiday Inn (0.1 mi W)
1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA
703-807-2000

Marriott Key Bridge (0.2 mi NW)
1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA
703-243-1093

Note concerning food & beverage service: There will be coffee, tea, and water only; no breakfast or lunch will be served.  Cookies will be served in the afternoon.

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November 4-5, 2014 Sterling, VA
January 29-30, 2015 Sterling, VA
February 12-13, 2015 Long Beach, CA
April 23-24, 2015 Sterling, VA
May 6-7, 2015 La Jolla, CA
May 13-14, 2015 Arlington, VA
June 25-26, 2015 Seattle, WA
July 22-23, 2015 Hilton Head Island, SC, United States
August 19-20, 2015 Boston, MA
September 15-16, 2015 San Diego, CA
November 16-17, 2015 Sterling, VA
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