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This one-day concentrated course on the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) will enable attendees to better understand the structure and content of the DFARS and how it relates to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).  The course is intended for personnel with some familiarity with the FAR who want to learn about the acquisition regulations and policies that are specifically applicable to Department of Defense acquisitions.

The course will cover the most important Parts and Subparts of the DFARS, as well as the corresponding sections of the Policy, Guidance and Instructions (PGI), and will distinguish between those sections that are mandatory and those that allow the parties some flexibility.  Because the course is structured as a workshop, we will use many practical examples specifically designed to demonstrate how to work with the DFARS. Students will develop and refine the skills necessary to apply the DFARS to virtually any acquisition situation. 

We will also cover recent changes to the DFARS and proposed rule changes when relevant.   Students will receive a hardcopy of the DFARS and a course manual including the presentation slides.

This course will be taught by the foremost instructor in the field, Steven N Tomanelli. He is renowned for his ability to explain even the most complex topics in a way that is easy to understand. As the only acquisition instructor in the country who edits the FAR and the comprehensive Annotated FAR, he is uniquely qualified to present the most recent changes and relevant case law decisions. Learn more about Mr. Tomanelli here.

Some Things to Know About Our Virtual Classes

We use a technology platform called 
Conference Client, which is 2-way video and audio streaming.

Important: Technology Requirements
You must have the following: 

In addition, for the most successful experience we strongly recommend:

  • You should have full privileges to install software on and configure the device(s) you will use.
  • Avoid using wireless internet network connections.  Wireless connections are inherently unstable and vulnerable to many factors outside the scope of our control.
  • Recommended minimum bandwidth is 3 Mpbs.

Course Materials
Course materials for our virtual classes are exactly the same as the materials you'd receive if you attended the class in person. Be sure to register for the virtual class at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the class to ensure that you'll get your materials in time.

This virtual instructor-led course is currently not accredited for CLE, CPE or CLP.

Virtual courses are designed to be taken virtually by one individual.  If you have a group, please contact us at 888.494.3696 to discuss group or multi- user options.

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General Information
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations System
  • Relationship of the FAR to the DFARS
  • Deviations From the DFARS
  • Role of the Contracting Officer and the COR
  • Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts Of Interest
  • Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct
  • Administrative Matters
Competition and Acquisition Planning
  • Publicizing Contract Actions
  • Competition Requirements
  • Acquisition Plans
  • Equipment Lease or Purchase
  • Federal Supply Schedules
  • Coordinated Acquisition
  • Contractor Qualifications
  • Responsible Prospective Contractors
  • Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility
  • Organizational And Consultant Conflicts of Interest
  • Market Research
  • Describing Agency Needs
  • Priorities And Allocations
  • Acquisition Of Commercial Items
  • Acquisition Of Military-Purpose Non-developmental Items
Contracting Methods And Contract Types
  • Simplified Acquisition Procedures
  • Sealed Bidding
  • Contracting By Negotiation
  • Source Selection Processes And Techniques
  • Contract Pricing and the Weighted Guidelines
  • Types Of Contracts - Selecting Contract Types
  • Special Contracting Methods
  • Interagency Acquisitions Under The Economy Act
  • Undefinitized Contract Actions
Socioeconomic Programs
  • Small Business Programs
  • The Small Business Subcontracting Program
  • Small Disadvantaged Business Participation
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program
  • Mentor-Protege Program
  • Application Of Labor Laws To Government Acquisitions
  • Right Of First Refusal Of Employment
  • Environment, Energy And Water Efficiency, Renewable Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, And Drug-Free Workplace
  • Storage And Disposal Of Toxic And Hazardous Materials
  • The Buy American Act and the Trade Agreements Act
  • Prohibited Sources
  • The Berry Amendment
General Contracting Requirements
  • Patents, Data, And Copyrights
  • Infringement Claims, Licenses, and Assignments
  • Rights In Technical Data
  • Rights In Computer Software and Computer Software Documentation
  • Cost Accounting Standards and Contract Cost Principles
  • Contract Financing
Special Categories of Contracting
  • Major System Acquisition
  • Acquisition Of Major Weapon Systems as Commercial Items
  • Service Contracting
  • Acquisition Of Information Technology
Contract Management
  • Contract Administration and Audit Services
  • Indirect Cost Rates
  • Contractor Business Systems
  • Contract Modifications
  • Subcontracting Policies And Procedures
  • Contractors' Purchasing Systems Reviews
  • Government Property
  • Quality Assurance
  • Termination Of Contracts
  • Extraordinary Contractual Actions
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. 
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