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A concentrated 2-day program for contract managers, marketing personnel, contract administrators, contracting officers, and other Government and industry representatives in the procurement process.

The law is a dynamic force, always in the process of "becoming". Here is a primer if you are new to the field, and a review of the state-of-the-law if you are an experienced professional.

While the final result of most Government contracts is a product or a completed service, the focus of this specially developed program is not an end, but a means: The procurement process itself and further, the laws at the foundation of the system.

Perhaps nowhere is the law a more pervasive part of business activities than in the area of Government contracting. And it is a critical, necessary part.  Assuring to the greatest extent possible that every element of the often complex procurement process is equitably and effectively managed, and that those involved in the process have solid, clear rules, rights and remedies to guide and protect them from beginning to end.

This course presents selected key aspects of government contracting, with an emphasis on topics that are unique to government contracting, or that vary from commercial contracting.  This course is appropriate for government and contractor program and project personnel; operational personnel whose duties involve, or are supported by, contractor support; and legal counsel – especially those entering this area of practice, or whose clients are new to government contracting.  

Although appropriate for those who are new to government contracting, the course will also serve as an effective investment of time for more experienced personnel who seek an update on the fluid field of government procurement.  

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Government Contract Law Course Curriculum

1.  Contract Authority

a.  Government Contract Authority
b.  Actual, Implied, and Apparent Authority
c.  Unauthorized Commitments and Ratification

2.  Federal Fiscal Considerations 

a.  The Purpose of Appropriations
b.  The Time Laws and the Funding of Contract Modifications
c.  The “Antideficiency Act”

3.  Competition Rules

a.  Full and Open Competition
b.  Other Than Full and Open Competition
c.  “Set Asides” for Small Businesses  

4.  Procurement Methods

a.  Sealed Bidding
b.  Negotiated Procurement
c.  Simplified Acquisition  and “Commercial Items” 

5.  Contract Payment Procedures

a.  Firm Fixed Price Contracts
b.  Cost Reimbursement Contracting
c.  Contract Financing and Prompt Payment

6.  Socioeconomic Policies

a.  Service Contract Act
b.  Davis Bacon Act
c.  Buy America Act

7.  Changes 

a.  Formal Changes
b.  “Constructive Changes”
c.  Government and Contractor Delays

8.  Government Inspection and Acceptance, and Remedies for Noncompliance

a.  Inspection 
b.  Acceptance
c.  Remedies for Defective Tender


9.  Terminations for Convenience

a.  Bases
b.  Contractor Entitlement

10.  Terminations for Default

a.  Bases under Contract Terms
b.  Basis in Common Law
c.  Contractor Defenses

11.  Disputes 

a.  Protests
b.  Claims
c.  Appeals

Kenneth J Allen
Ken worked in the federal government for 37 years (31 as a lawyer).  He served in the Army either active or reserve from 1970 until retirement in 2002, and in the civil service from 1984 to 2007.  His last twenty years in government were spent in government contracting and grants, and his last ten years included duties as a Special Assistance United Attorney with an emphasis on contract fraud.  In 2007 Ken retired from government and became the General Counsel of a defense contractor.  In 2009 he retired (again) and now teaches and writes on government contracting subjects.
Since 1995 Ken has been a frequent educator for government and private training organizations, including the Army Management Staff College, Army War College, and Naval Postgraduate School (for whom he teaches best practices in defense contracting at the NPS campus in Monterey CA and at several overseas locations).  He has authored over 50 training programs on topics that include government contracting, subcontracting, contract interpretation, federal appropriations and fiscal law, the fiscal law of government contracting, the Antideficiency Act, federal grants, trial advocacy, and legal ethics.   
Ken is the author of Thomson Reuters’ Contract Interpretation Handbook, A Guide to Avoiding and Resolving Government Contract Disputes, How to Read a Government Contract, and Federal Grant Practice.  He has recently authored several articles on government contracting in the National Contract Management Associations’ Contract Management magazine (June 2016, December 2015, November 2015) and in Thomson Reuters’ Briefing Papers (May 2016 and March 2015).  He has addressed national conventions of the National Contract Management Association (Worldwide Conference 2016), the American Society of Military Comptrollers, and Thomson Reuters’ Government Contracts Year in Review (2016, 2015, 2014).
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CLP HOURS
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100
Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
200
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.
300
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.
400
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