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Every year, since 1972, we have offered a specially conceived, advanced program in government contracting: The Masters Institute In Government Contracting. We are pleased to once again offer the Institute-completely updated for this presentation. The Institute is specifically designed for government contract professionals who are already well experienced in procurement.

The foundation of the Institute is its exceptional faculty - five professionals who are yours for five days. These individuals will not "teach" you government procurement. Rather, they will take you beyond, delving into areas which have not been fully explored; considering problems to which there may be no immediate, definite answers; proposing strategies that can directly affect your activities. 

Each day will be spent in a variety of ways: Lectures, case studies, illustrative examples, group discussions, individual questioning, and considering questions on any procurement subject - not only on matters scheduled to be raised that day. In addition, Institute attendees will receive several manuals of original materials prepared by the faculty. Finally, we believe you will greatly benefit from your association with the other attendees - all of whom are expected to be on your professional level.

This Institute is, in short, a unique educational endeavor. In our view, it continues to be one of the most exhilarating procurement programs we offer. We trust your view will be similar.

NOTE: The start and end times for the La Jolla, CA, and Hilton Head, SC locations are earlier than at other locations.  Classes will begin at 8:00 AM (breakfast/registration at 7 AM) and end at 3:00 PM on Monday through Thursday. Classes on Friday begin at 8:00 AM and end at 12:00 PM (Noon).

Dates and Locations
July 23-27, 2018
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
December 3-7, 2018
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
Day 1
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Government Contracts System
  • How it works and how to work within it
  • Procurement and Public Management
  • Federal Acquisition Reform Act, Sec 4101-4104
  • Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996
  • National Performance Review
  • Purchase Credit Card
  • Task Order Contracting
  • FAR Part 15 Rewrite

Start time for La Jolla, CA, and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Past Performance Regulations & more
  • Past performance regulations
  • Labor relations debarment proposal
  • Illegal contract decision
  • "Bad faith" proof
  • Enforcement of mistaken contract
  • No responsibility for C.O.'s instruction
  • Unauthorized clause
  • Implied-in-law contracts
  • Sovereign Acts Doctrine
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Institutions that "Control" Government Contracts
  • U.S. Congress
  • Executive Office
  • GAO
  • OMB
  • OFPP
  • DOD Directive 500 Series Reforms
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Judicial Tribunals
  • COFC
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • How they reach decisions and make rules
  • How to best approach them for relief
Day 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Changes & Equitable Adjustments in Government Contracts
  • Why changes clauses
  • Changes clause pedigree
  • Basic clause coverage
  • The C.O.'s change order authority
  • C.O. delegations of authority
  • Contract interpretation
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Formal change orders
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Constructive Changes - Government Misrepresentations & more
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Value Engineering & more
  • Value engineering
  • Changes in data
  • Claims presentation and defense
Day 3
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Contract Formation and Source Selection Past Performance
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Commercial Item Acquisition
  • Background
  • The Homeland Security Act
  • The E-Government Act of 2002
  • Construction as a commercial item
  • Disputes under federal supply schedule contracts
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Contracting for Services
  • Performance-based contracting
  • FSS multiple award contracts
  • OMB's new rules for contracting
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Contract Negotiations in the New Acquisition Environment
  • FAR Part 15
  • "Reverse Auctions"
Day 4
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preparing and Defending Claims
  • Claims during performance
  • Preparing claims narrative
  • Pricing the claims
  • Presenting the claims to government
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Claims Litigation & more
  • Claims litigation
  • Negotiating with contractor
  • The final decision
  • Additional government considerations
  • Appealing adverse decision
  • Board vs. court
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Types of terminations
  • Default terminations
  • Government right to terminate
  • Grounds for default
  • Recovery of progress payments
  • Liquidated damages
  • Dost-type contract damages
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Convenience Termination & more
  • Convenience termination
  • Termination procedures
  • Contractor's dollar recovery
  • Partial terminations
  • The settlement proposal
  • Disputes
Day 5
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Equitable Adjustment and Cost Recovery
  • Contract provisions
  • Changes article
  • Other clauses
  • Equitable adjustment
  • Determination of equitable adjustment costs
  • Profit
  • Interest on claims
  • Performance time
  • Time for filing notice and/or submitting the claim for equitable adjustment
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost Principles, Cost Accounting Standards & more
Cost Principles
  • Applicability
  • Advance agreements
  • Basic considerations regarding cost allowability
  • Selected costs
  • Limitation of cost clause
  • Retroactive cost disallowances
  • Changes in accounting methods
  • Profit
  • Educational institutions

Cost Accounting Standards
  • The Statute and the Board
  • The CAS Clause
  • The Standards
  • Adjustments and disputes
  • The disclosure statement

Defective Pricing - Truth-in-Negotiations
  • Coverage: The Statute
  • Audit rights
  • The Regulations
  • Cost or pricing data
  • Adequacy of disclosure
  • Significant effect of price
  • Refusal to submit cost and pricing data
  • When certificate should be submitted
  • Subcontractors
  • Remedies
  • Offsets

  • Progress payments
  • Prompt payment discounts
  • Prompt Payment Act

NOTE: The start and end times for the La Jolla, CA, and Hilton Head, SC locations are earlier than at other locations.  Classes will begin at 8:00 AM (breakfast/registration at 7 AM) and end at 3:00 PM on Monday through Thursday. Classes on Friday begin at 8:00 AM and end at 12:00 PM (Noon).

Chris Pockney
Leads the Washington office of Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services group within the Advisory Services practice. He provides federal contract advisory services to a broad range of clients including defense contractors, commercial contractors, non-profits, educational institutions and regulated utilities.He has assisted clients in numerous manufacturing and service industries including aerospace, nuclear energy, electronics, software, healthcare, construction and insurance across the globe.

Among the services he has provided are analyses and development of contract cost accounting practices including compliance with Cost Accounting Standards, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and Office of Management and Budget Circulars. Chris has assisted with the preparation and pricing of contract proposals, changes and claims, terminations and indirect cost submissions; and preparation of Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure Statements, including changes and related cost impact proposals. He has also led pricing and compliance reviews for Federal Supply Schedule contracts under the General Services Administration and
Department of Veterans Affairs multiple award schedule programs.

Before joining Ernst & Young, Chris held management positions in the aerospace and defense industry. He was involved in a variety of government contracting activities including the preparation and negotiation of indirect rate submissions for the purposes of forward pricing, contract billing, final indirect rate settlements and termination claims; maintenance and update of the Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure Statement; preparation and negotiation of advance agreementsfor specific items of cost; and preparation of contractor independent research and development (IR&D) proposals to the government’s tri-services negotiators.
Chris has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics from Cambridge University in England and a master’s degree from San Francisco University. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association, where he is an active member of the Public Contract Law Section’s Commercial Products and Cost and Pricing Committees. He speaks, teaches and writes frequently on government contract matters and has been admitted as an expert witness at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, state courts and in various mediation and alternative dispute resolution settings

Donald Featherstun
Donald Featherstun is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has served as the chair of that office’s Litigation Department. For more than 25 years his practice has focused on commercial litigation with an emphasis on government contract law. As a result, he has extensive trial and claims preparation experience. He has tried cases in a variety of forums including federal courts, state courts, boards of contract appeals, state administrative bodies, and private arbitrations. 

J.D., Case Western Reserve University (1979) International Moot Court Team, Moot Court Board
B.A., Columbia College (1975)
District of Columbia (inactive)
American Bar Association (Section of Public Contract Law)
National Contract Management Association

Peter J. Eyre
Peter J. Eyre is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. In 2014, Peter was recognized nationally by Chambers USA as an Up & Coming Government Contracts attorney and named to the National Law Journal's list of "40 Under 40 Rising Stars." Education: Williams College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Harvard Law School, J.D. (2005) cum laude

Areas of Discussion: The Government contracts “system”-how it really works and how you can work within it. The institutions that “control” Government contracts-Congress, procuring agencies, GAO, OFPP. Judicial tribunals-how they reach decisions, and make rules, and how to best approach them for relief.

Ralph C. Nash, Jr.
 Professor of Law Emeritus at George Washington University's National Law Center, where he has taught federal government contracting subjects for 45 years. Professor Nash is the most widely recognized expert in the field of government contracting. He established the first and still most prominent Program in Government Contracting at George Washington University in 1961. Professor Nash teaches and writes widely in this area, and he consults and acts as an expert witness for government agencies, companies, and law firms nationwide.
W. Jay DeVecchio
W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. Clients from the aerospace, technology, and health care sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law, from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and debarment. He also represents clients in related issues such as criminal and civil fraud, qui  tam actions, and internal investigations.

Duke University 
(B.A., 1974, cum laude) 
The Catholic University School of Law 
(J.D., 1978) 
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.
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American Management Association
2345 Crystal Drive, Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22202

There is not a room block for this location, however the AMA offers special hotel rates.  Please visit

Yellow & Blue Line – METRO Stop – Crystal City
From the METRO - AMA is 2 blocks east and 4 blocks south on Crystal Drive 

Food and Beverage

Coffee, tea and water will be served throughout the day with an afternoon cookie break.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own. 

The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Room Block Information
There is a room block for this location. The rate is $250/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout). Click here to make reservations. This rate is subject to availability. Reservations MUST be made by June 22, 2018.

Food and Beverage
Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages will be served.


Government Per Diem rates are now sold out.


Room Block Information
There is a room block for this location. The rate is $250/night plus taxes, plus a discounted resort fee of $8 (not reflected until checkout). Click here to make reservations. This rate is subject to availability. Reservations MUST be made by June 22, 2018.

Guest Rooms at the Government Per Diem:

Government Per Diem rates are now sold out. 

Food and Beverage
Continental breakfast, lunch and beverages will be served.

Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
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.
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.
Courses build upon students' knowledge and experience, and cover complex issues within the subject matter. Should have 4-5 years' mastery of subject for in-depth analysis.
Masters-level programs designed for professionals with 5+ years' experience. Courses cover in-depth and technical analysis on specific subjects and updates on current issues.
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July 23-27, 2018 Hilton Head Island, SC
December 3-7, 2018 Arlington, VA
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