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Who should attend:

This special four day course is designed for customers with intermediate knowledge of terms, regulations and the federal acquisition process. If you have a few years to 15 years of experience, this course is for you.

It is recommended you take the Basics of Government Contracting course before taking this more hands-on workshop.

What you will learn:

Certain fields require highly specialized training. One of these is Government contracts - the practices in which are far different from those applied in standard commercial settings. Recognizing this, a unique program was developed. The Concentrated Course In Government Contracts, it was first presented in 1965.

The Concentrated Course has continued to serve the contracting community - thousands of its members have attended its sessions. So it is with pride that we are pleased to again present this unusual educational offering.

A review of the course features and content will give you some indication of the intensity and quality of the sessions. Note that the course blankets the spectrum of practical topics; that it is intended for all those seriously concerned with Government contracting (administrative, executive and legal personnel); and that its "alpha to omega" approach is designed to benefit both the relative beginner and the seasoned professional.

As is customary with Government contract programs presented by Federal Publications, the course requires singular concentration by the attendees. Indeed to be frank, you should consider attending only if you are prepared to accept a demanding learning schedule. If you decide to join us, we are confident that the experience will be professionally beneficial.

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8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Course Curriculum


Authority, acquisition planning, contract types, competition, sealed bidding. Practical Exercise.

Competitive procurements under FAR Part 15, procedures, issues and problems. Practical Exercise.


Simplified acquisition, commercial items and socio-economic policies. Practical Exercise.

Contractor protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO Protest Hearing Simulation.


Rights and obligations arising from changes in contract work; the changes clause; “constructive changes”; contract interpretation; delays; “cardinal” changes; differing site conditions. Practical Exercise.

Analysis and interpretation of inspection and acceptance clauses; testing; acceptance and rejection; ways to overcome acceptance; increases in extent of inspection/testing and in standards of performance. Practical Exercise.


Methods of determining equitable adjustments; allowable and unallowable cost elements; overhead; profit; problems and techniques of proof; cost recovery under cost reimbursement contracts. Practical Exercise.

Preparation of claims; certification and recovery of interest; contracting officer’s “final decisions”; appeals to agency Boards of Contract Appeals (BCA) and the Court of Federal Claims (COFC). Practical Exercise.

Jonathan H. Kosarin

Jonathan H. Kosarinis Associate Counsel at the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office in Washington, DC.

He was Assistant General Counsel at the National Reconnaissance Office and has over 30 years experience in Acquisition and Government Contracting. Mr. Kosarin also served as Deputy Counsel, US Navy Special Projects Division; Associate Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command; Associate General Counsel and Director of Procurement Law, Federal Home Loan Bank Board; European Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, and; Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract Law at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, VA and as Deputy General Counsel, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office.

He is an Adjunct Instructor of Procurement and Contracting at the University of Virginia and also teaches at the National Criminal Justice Command College.


Mr. Kosarin received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University; a Juris Doctor degree, from Brooklyn Law School; and a Master of Laws degree in Government Procurement Law, from the George Washington National Law Center.

Louis A. Chiarella 
Louis A. Chiarella is an attorney in the Washington, D.C. area with 20 years of experience specializing in all aspects of Government contracting.  In addition to his current position, Mr. Chiarella’s previous experiences include: Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia; Chief of Administrative and Civil Law, Fort Carson, Colorado; and Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division, Arlington, Virginia.  He continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the Army JAG School, and lectures frequently on a wide variety of Government contract law subjects.  Mr. Chiarella received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a law degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, a Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, and a Masters of Laws degree from the Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

Harlan Gottlieb

Harlan Gottlieb currently serves as the Chief Counsel for the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)

He supervises an office of 6 attorneys, a paralegal and administrative assistant. He is responsible for providing the PEO organization legal support in contracts, personnel, ethics and fiscal law. From 1987 to March 1995, he was an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Army Aviation and Troop Command, now the Aviation Missile Command. He provided contract and programmatic legal advice to the Program Managers for the CH-47 and Apache programs.


Mr. Gottlieb graduated on the Dean’s List at Washburn University School of Law in 1985. He earned a Bachelor of Arts at Tulane University in 1978. He is a member in good standing of the Missouri and American Bar Associations.

Jack Friery

Jack Friery
, Esq. is a San Diego lawyer who represents businesses in government contract legal matters. He has negotiated, drafted, and analyzed thousands of government contracts. He has also helped formulate acquisition policy, both for government and industry. He has been heavily involved in many of the nation’s most significant acquisitions over the past twenty-five years. These include the Hubble Space Telescope, the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, and several Global War on Terror contracts. 

Jack previously served as a senior lawyer with SAIC and with Hughes Aircraft Company. In addition, he was counsel with the U.S. Army Materiel Command for nearly ten years. Earlier, he was a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. 

Jack has taught contract law at the University of California, San Diego; at San Diego State University; and for Federal Publications, Inc. and ESI, the leading professional seminar companies in the country. 

Jack is a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association and a member of the Board of Directors of NCMA’s San Diego chapter. He was also named an NCMA Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM) and a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM). 

He is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Public Contract Section’s Strategic Alliances, Teaming and Subcontracting Committee. He is the co-author of the ABA’s Guide to Fixed Price Supply Subcontract Terms and Conditions and the Guide to Service Subcontract Terms and Conditions. 

Jack holds bachelor’s and law degrees from Fordham University, and did postgraduate work in government contract law at George Washington University School of Law. He was the Distinguished Graduate of the Army JAG School Procurement Attorney course, and Honor Graduate of the Army Logistics University acquisition management course. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the University of Southern California School of Business Administration. More information can be found on Jack’s web site: 

Kenneth J. Allen

Ken Allen served as a federal government lawyer from 1976 to 2007, and in the Army (either Active or Army Reserve) from 1970 until his retirement from the Army Reserve in 2002, and in the federal civil service from 1984 until his retirement from the Civil Service in 2007. 

Drafted in 1970, he served on active duty as an enlisted combat engineer and received a direct commission in the Corps of Engineers. In 1975 he was a nonvoting member of President Ford's VietNam Clemency Board. After becoming a lawyer, he was an active duty Army judge advocate, and was the successful defense counsel in the 1978 Fort Jackson "Heat Stroke" double homicides, and later served as the Chief Commissioner of the Army Court of Military Review. In the Army Reserve, his senior staff assignments were at Headquarters US European Command; Command Judge Advocate 412th ENCOM (Fwd) Seckeinhiem, Germany; and Staff Judge Advocate, 315th Engineer Group. From 1996 to 2002 he was the reserve judge advocate liaison to the Army War College’s Peacekeeping Institute, where he advised on contingency and peacekeeping operations; taught in the resident War College; and served as the senior legal controller in the Army War College’s Strategic Crisis Exercises. 

In his federal civil service career, he practiced law for the Federal Labor Relations Authority; the Department of the Army at Pirmasens and Ziewbrucken, Germany and Ft. Ritchie MD; the Defense Information Systems Agency; the Department of Defense chemical and Biodefense programs and the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Ft. Detrick, MD. His assignments included counsel for classified communications program, counsel for Defense Department chemical and biodefense programs as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for Procurement Fraud.. 

Since 1995 Ken has been a frequent speaker for government and private educators. He has addressed the American Society of Military Comptrollers, the Army War College, and the Army Management Staff College. Since 2006 he has been an adjunct faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey CA, for whom he has taught on campus and overseas, as well as authoring articles on subjects such as foreign military sales and offsets. He has authored over 40 training manuals and courses on subjects such as government contract law, federal appropriations and fiscal law, trial advocacy, leadership and management, the interpretation of government contracts, federal grants, “contracting out” under OMB Circular A-76, and legal ethics. He is the author of West Publishing Company’s forthcoming “Federal Grant Practice.” 

In April 2007 Ken retired from the federal government and became the general counsel of a defense contractor, and in October 2009 he became the counsel for a women-owned small business that helps other companies enter the federal market. 

He is a graduate of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, the resident Army JAG School basic and advanced courses, Army Command and General Staff College, Army Management Staff College, National Defense University, and the Army War College. 

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.
Federal Publications Seminars is part of West Professional Development, which is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:
This Program is eligible for: 26.0 (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: 22.0 (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: 22.0 (60 minutes), 26.0 (50 minutes)
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