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COVID-19 and Updates on FPS Courses and Events
Some previously scheduled classroom courses and weeklong events from mid-March through May 31 are being offered as Virtual Courses beginning in April. Check our schedule often; we’re constantly adding more.

FPS is planning to move forward with all FPS classroom courses and weeklong events scheduled for June, 2020 and beyond - see website. We want to emphasize that our future plans are incumbent upon the safety and well-being of our customers, staff, and vendors.
The final version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) was released in January 2020.  CMMC requirements will begin appearing in DoD RFIs beginning in June and RFPs in August.  All contractors and subcontractors comprising the DoD supply chain will be required to achieve the CMMC.  Contract award will be denied to prime contractors if they and/or their suppliers are not CMMC certified.  Therefore, it is critical for all DoD contractors to be in compliance and obtain the certification within the required timeframe.

This immersive 2-day course will unpack the legal, compliance and technical requirements of CMMC, answering the “what” and “why” as well as “how” to implement the required practices and processes. Participants will gain perspective on the expectations of the DoD with respect to cybersecurity and will also be provided with clear, actionable steps to accelerate their path to certification.

Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the expectations of the DoD for cybersecurity for members of the Defense Industrial Base (DOB)
  • Select a target CMMC level for your organization
  • Identify the status of capabilities within your organization needed to achieve the required CMMC level
  • Choose appropriate and effective solutions for your organization
  • Understand the certification process and the success criteria for achieving certification 
  • Describe and implement a plan of action to prepare your organization for certification
Dates and Locations
May 6-7, 2021
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
July 26-27, 2021
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
Day 1
Module 1: Introduction to CMMC
  • Threat overview
  • Motivations for CMMC
  • Goals and objectives of the program
Module 2: Certification Process
  • What is known about certification
  • Charting the unknown
  • Consequences for contractors
Morning Break

Module 3: The CMMC Model Framework
  • Model overview
  • Decoding CMMC Lingo
  • CMMC Levels
Module 4: CMMC Levels 1 and 2
  • Purpose and intent
  • Required practices
  • Demonstrating maturity
Lunch Break

Module 5 – CMMC Level 3
  • Purpose and intent
  • Required practices
  • What’s new beyond NIST SP 800-171
  • Demonstrating maturity
Module 6 – Reference Security Architecture for Handling CUI
  • Hybrid IT architecture
  • Security program components
  • Technical security practices
  • IT operational practices
  • Incident response and reporting
Day 2 
Module 7 – CMMC Levels 4 and 5
  • Purpose and intent
  • Required practices
  • Demonstrating maturity
Module 8 – CMMC Preparation
  • Scope of certification
  • Segmentation of networks and systems
  • Selecting solutions
  • Utilizing service providers
  • Using cloud services to shift the compliance burden
Morning Break

Module 9 – CMMC Accreditation Board and Third Party Assessors
  • Role of the Accreditation Board
  • Role of Certified Third Party Assessment Organizations (C3PAOs)
  • Training and certification of assessors
Module 10 – CMMC Assessment
  • Assessment vs self attestation
  • Preparing for an audit
  • Curation of evidence
  • Handling exceptions and deficiencies
  • Dispute resolution
Lunch Break

Module 11 – Managing your supply chain
  • Flow down of CMMC requirements
  • Outreach and mentoring of subcontractors
  • Assessing readiness of suppliers
Module 12: Legal and Regulatory Framework
  • FAR and DFARS
  • Applicability
  • Expected changes to current regulations
  • Implementation timeline
Module 13: Concurrent Cybersecurity Requirements
  • FAR, DFARS, and other Agency Regulations
  • Statutes and Executive Orders
  • Interaction between other requirements and CMMC
  • Ed Bassett
    Chief Information Security Officer, NeoSystems
    Mr. Bassett is a senior Cyber Security and Risk Management subject matter expert with over 32 years of experience in all aspects of security and privacy program architecture, design, management, and operations. His experience spans Government, Health Care, Financial Services and other industries and includes risk management, program planning, application and software security, security assessments and audits, and security operations.

    He built and led a global security consulting practice specializing in security strategy, assessment and testing, and managed security services. He has been the principal advisor to many Fortune 500 and government clients on information systems security, responsible for securing their critical information assets for e-commerce transactions, sensitive health records, and classified military communication. Ed is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of Clarkson University where he earned a degree in computer science.
  • Eric Crusius
    Partner, Holland & Knight
    Eric, a Partner at Holland & Knight specializing in Government Contracts, Internet/Technology Law, and representing businesses of all shapes and sizes, was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star. This honor is only given to the top 2.5% of attorneys who meet certain criteria. Eric has appeared as a guest on Fox News, Government Matters, NPR, Federal News Radio and has been quoted in numerous publications including Newsweek, Washington Lawyer and the Washington Business Journal.

    Eric is a proven trial attorney in state and federal court.

    Aside from his recent accomplishments, Eric has extensive experience in litigating all stages of complex multi-million dollar matters in various state and federal courts from commencement through trial and verdict. In addition, Eric has successfully represented contractors before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the United States Court of Federal Claims (COFC), the Department of Labor and various governmental boards. Eric has also briefed and argued appeals in state and federal court.

    Eric frequently speaks to industry groups regarding government contract, business, and technology issues and related litigation and intellectual property issues.

    Focus Areas: Government contracts litigation (including bid protests, subcontractor/prime contractor disputes, DOL litigation including Service Contract Act (SCA) & FLSA investigations), technology and Internet law, complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, employment litigation, and appellate law.
    B.A., Social Science, Hofstra University
    J.D., Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
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.
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
Federal Publications Seminars is affiliated with West Professional Development and 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 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:
For more information regarding administrative policies such as refunds, cancellations and complaints, please contact Federal Publications Seminars at 888.494.3696.
This Program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: 11.0
Program Prerequisite: N/A
Advance Preparation: N/A
Method: N/A
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: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (50 minutes)
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92122

We have a room block secured for the La Jolla weeklong event. For guest room reservations, call 800.937.8461 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Group rate is $239 + taxes/night. Click here to make your reservation. You must make your reservation by April 1, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.


A limited number of Government per diem rate rooms have been set aside. Click here DIEM to make your reservation. You must make your reservation by April 1, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.


Food & Beverage
During La Jolla Government Contracts Week, we will be serving continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.

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

We have a room block secured for the Hilton Head weeklong event. For guest room reservations, click here. Group rate is $269 + taxes, plus a Resort Charge of $17/room/night (this is reduced from the normal $28/night). You must make your reservation by July 5, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.


Government per diem rates will be posted when the 2021 rates are determined. Please check back often.


Food & Beverage
During Hilton Head Week, we will be serving continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.

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.
CMMC Unwrapped: Legal, Compliance and Technical Requirements
Date Location Fee
May 6-7, 2021 La Jolla, CA
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
July 26-27, 2021 Hilton Head Island, SC
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
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(888) 494-3696