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Simplified Acquisition Procedures provide a basic foundation for understanding the federal procurement process. Federal acquisition is now more than a $300 billion-a-year business and it is estimated that the greatest number of all purchases are simplified acquisitions. The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act made significant changes in the way Federal agencies conduct their “small purchases.” This act supported the Government’s efforts to achieve the goals of obtaining best value, minimizing administrative operating costs and fulfilling public policy objectives while conducting business with integrity and fairness.

This course provides in-depth coverage of the simplified methods of procurement as detailed in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13. There are many interrelated FAR requirements that must be considered when procuring under FAR Part 13. Other related parts of the FAR will be covered including FAR Part 6 Competition Requirements; FAR Part 8 Required Sources of Supplies and Services; and FAR Part 19 Socioeconomic Programs—as well as other relevant topical areas. An orientation to the policies and procedures for simplified acquisitions will be provided. Content will flow through the various phases of procurement from development of the purchase request, preparation of the purchase order, evaluation, award and inspection, to acceptance and closeout.

This course provides a solid knowledge base for all participants to ensure that they can prepare FAR compliant business arrangements when using Simplified Acquisition Procedures. Innovative techniques and approaches will be highlighted that can be considered whether placing orders through required sources of supply or making open-market buys from commercial sources.

  • A special two day course designed for Contract Specialists, Purchasing Agents, Contracting Officers, and other employees working with simplified acquisitions.
  • A skill-building course for both Government and contractor personnel covering the basic policies and procedures for acquiring supplies, services, construction, research and development, and commercial items.


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The Course Curriculum

1. Introduction to the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Simplified Acquisition Procedures

a. Definitions and key statutes
b. Simplified acquisition procedures
c. Electronic commerce
d. Acquisition of commercial items

2. Overview of the Fundamentals

a. Introduction of the federal procurement process
b. Relevant laws and regulations
c. Procurement authority
d. Ethical considerations

3. Acquisition Planning

a. Market research
b. The purchase request
c. Developing the cost estimate
d. Justifications and approvals
e. Selecting contract type
f. Considerations for research & development, construction, and services

4. Using Required Sources

a. Government sources for supplies and services
b. Using the General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedules
c. Other existing contracts; Government-wide Agency Contracts (GWAC’s), and Multi-agency contracts (MAC’s)

5. Purchasing in the Open Market

a. Publicizing
b. Competition requirements
c. Soliciting sources
d. Evaluating quotations
e. Documentation

6. Socio-economic and Other Considerations

a. Small business set-asides
b. Small business procurement goals
c. Buy American Act
d. Application of labor law
e. Environmental considerations

7. Simplified Acquisition Methods

a. Governmentwide commercial purchase card
b. Blanket purchase agreements
c. Standard Form 44
d. Imprest funds
e. Developing the Purchase Order
f. Task and delivery orders under Indefinite-delivery contracts
g. Unpriced purchase orders

8. Purchase Order Administration

a. Modifications
b. Terminations and cancellations
c. Standard clauses
d. Payments
e. Closeout

The Course Director

Thad Gassman Mr. Gassman has 23 years of federal sector experience in contracting, logistics, and training. His work experience includes a twenty-year career with the U.S. Army and three years with the General Services Administration (GSA) where he served as a Supervisory Contract Specialist and warranted Contracting Officer under the Federal Supply Schedules program. At GSA, his responsibilities included the Management, Organizational and Business Improvement Services (MOBIS), Logistics Worldwide (LOGWORLD) and the Energy Management Services Schedules.

He started with the U.S. Army where he served in a variety of logistic and contracting positions. He gained logistics experience while assigned as a Maintenance Control Officer where he performed intermediate level maintenance and inventory management supporting combat systems and operational equipment. He served as the Chief of the Conventional Weapons Division while assigned to the U.S. Army Ordnance Center & School where he developed and implemented training programs for numerous occupational specialties responsible for the maintenance of armament systems. He was a logistician assigned to the Army Material Command’s Logistics Assistance Program where he focused on issues affecting the operational readiness of combat systems. He later was assigned to the Army’s Acquisition Corps and served as an installation Contracting Officer where he procured commercial supplies, services and construction. Upon completing a weapon systems acquisition assignment at Boeing Defense & Space Group, he was assigned as the Commander of the Defense Contract Management office in Albuquerque, NM, where he was responsible for the administration of over 2,000 contracts supporting a wide array of DoD weapon systems. He also served as the Director of Acquisitions for the United Nations Logistic Support Command, in Mogadishu, Somalia. His logistics and contracting experience include several years of experience overseas supporting operations in Europe, the Far East, Africa, the Caribbean and Central America. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Mr. Gassman served as a Professor of Systems Acquisition at the Defense Acquisition University, Defense Systems Management College and was a faculty member with the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia Center’s Procurement and Contracts Management program. He has developed and taught courses in contracting basics, acquisition planning, contract formation, source selection, contract administration, performance-based contracting, cost and price analysis, preparing statements of work, construction contracting, acquisition logistics, performance based logistics, program management and the GSA Schedules Program.

Mr. Gassman is a Certified Acquisition Professional, Level III in Contracting with the Department of Defense; a Certified Professional Contracts Manager with the National Contract Management Association and a Certified Purchasing Manager with the Institute for Supply Management. He has a degree in Industrial Management and graduated with high distinction with a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. He is now the President of Gassman Consulting Inc. which provides training and consulting services to the Federal Government and private sector firms.

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: 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
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This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (50 minutes)
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