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The Basics of IT Acquisition and Contracting: Hardware, Software, Software Development, Open Source Hardware and Software and Continuous Monitoring Platforms
An update on the rules, regulations, policies, and practices in IT acquisition; Innovative initiatives and proposed changes under FITARA (the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act). New developments in Cloud contracting.

Topics covered:

Federal IT Acquisition and Cybersecurity
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 39, Acquisition of IT; Contract Types; Commercial Items; OMB Circular A-130; FAR Part 39 NIST Standards; Modular Contracting; IT Services; Privacy; Clauses; IP (Intellectual Property).

IT International Implications, New Developments, and Best Practices
Regulatory Background; Protection of Classified Information; Unclassified Systems; OMB Guidance; DoD Interim Rule; Cybersecurity Sanctions; Cybersecurity Information Sharing (CISA); Controlled Unclassified Information; Covered Defense Information.

Information Security & Technical Requirements
Primary Sources, FIPS and NIST; NIST Publication 800-171; Disclosures and Reporting; Voluntary Self-Disclosure; NARA Proposed Rule; OMB Draft; Matrix of the Information Security Requirements.

Compliance Programs and Best Practices - Summary
Components of a Compliance Program; Training; Cybersecurity Best Practices; Export Control Best Practices; ITAR Regulations; EAR Regulations; Commodities, Materials, Technology, Software, Manufacturing Equipment; Escalation Considerations.
February 15, 2022
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,000.00
Enhanced: $1,395.00
May 3, 2022
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,100.00
Enhanced: $1,495.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
DC Metro Area
Hardware, Software, Software Development, Open Source Hardware and Software, and Continuous Monitoring Platforms.  

IT Acquisition and Contracting, Law and Practice
1.    The Cyber Threat
2.    The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 39, Acquisition of IT
3.    Contract Types
4.    Statutory Preference for Commercial Items
5.    Commercial Item Definition
6.    OMB Circular A-130
7.    FAR Part 39 NIST Standards
8.    Modular Contracting
9.    IT Services
10.    FAR Part 39, Privacy
11.    Developing Clauses
12.    Cybersecurity and Intellectual Property (IP)

Export Controls and Contractor Best Practices for Cybersecurity
1.    Regulatory Background
2.    Protection of Classified Information 
3.    Unclassified Systems
4.    OMB Guidance
5.    DoD Interim Rule
6.    Cybersecurity Sanctions
7.    Cybersecurity Controls
8.    Cybersecurity Information Sharing (CISA)
9.    Controlled Unclassified Information
10.    Covered Defense Information (CDI)

Information Security 
1.    Primary Sources
a.    FIPS
b.    NIST
2.    NIST SP 800-171
3.    Disclosures/Reporting
4.    Voluntary Self-Disclosures
5.    Government Direction
a.    NARA Proposed Rule
b.    OMB Draft Guidance
6.    DFARS Clause 204-7012
7.    Disclosures and Reporting
8.    Matrix of the Requirements on Information Security

Compliance Programs and Best Practices
1.    Compliance Programs/Elements
2.    Training
3.    Export Control Best Practices
4.    Cybersecurity Best Practices
5.    Export Controls
6.    ITAR Regulations
7.    EAR Regulations
a.    Commodities
b.    Materials
c.    Technology
d.    Software
e.    Manufacturing Equipment
8.    Escalation Considerations

  • Alexander Major
    Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
    Mr. Major is a partner and co-leader of the firm’s Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group. Mr. Major focuses his practice on federal procurement, cybersecurity liability and risk management, and litigation. A prolific author and thought leader in the area of cybersecurity, h...
  • Franklin Turner
    Partner, McCarter & English
    Mr. Turner is a Partner and Co-Leader of the Government Contracts & Export Controls Practice Group. He is an innovative business lawyer with significant experience resolving complex government contracts issues for a broad array of companies – ranging from multinational Fortune 100 corporat...
  • Cara Wulf
    Associate, McCarter & English
    Cara Wulf is an associate in the Government Contracts & Global Trade practice group at McCarter & English. She focuses her practice on government contracts and regulations. She has extensive experience counseling clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local public procurement...
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CPE: Continuing Professional Education
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 6.5 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: n/a
Program Prerequisite: n/a
Advance Preparation: n/a
Method: n/a
CLP: Continuous Learning Points
Approved for CLP by Defense Acquisition University
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.
CLP Hours
This program is eligible for: 6.0 (CLP) hours of credit
CLE: Continuing Legal Education
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.
CLE Hours
This program is eligible for: 5.5 (60 minutes), (50 minutes)
American Management Association
2345 Crystal Drive, Suite 200
Arlington, VA, 22202
Hotel & Room Block Info

Federal Publications Seminars doesn’t have a room block for this location.  However, ECTC offers special hotel rates at two nearby hotels: Hyatt Regency Crystal City; and Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.

Hyatt Regency Crystal City

Click here to reserve using the AMA preferred rate. For AMA’s preferred rate enter corporate code 00433. 

Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
AMA Reservation Number 1-703-418-1234

Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Click here to reserve using the AMA preferred rate.

2800 South Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202
AMA Reservation Number 1-703-413-1300

General Information


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

Coffee (regular & decaf), tea and water will be served throughout the day with an afternoon snack (baked goods) break.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own.

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92122
Hotel & Room Block Info
There is a room block for this location. Rate is $239/night plus taxes. To make your reservations, click here.

If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates. Reservations must be made by April 1, 2022 and rooms are subject to availability.

General Information
Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and an afternoon snack will be served.