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This special four day course is designed for customers with intermediate knowledge of terms, regulations and the federal acquisition process. If you have between 2 and 15+ years of experience, this course is for you.
The Concentrated Course has continued to serve the contracting community - thousands of its members have attended its sessions. So it is with pride that we are pleased to again present this unusual educational offering.

Certain fields require highly specialized training. One of these is Government contracts - the practices in which are far different from those applied in standard commercial settings. Recognizing this, a unique program was developed. The Concentrated Course In Government Contracts, it was first presented in 1965.

A review of the course features and content will give you some indication of the intensity and quality of the sessions. Note that the course blankets the spectrum of practical topics; that it is intended for all those seriously concerned with Government contracting (administrative, executive and legal personnel); and that its "alpha to omega" approach is designed to benefit both the relative beginner and the seasoned professional.

As is customary with Government contract programs presented by Federal Publications, the course requires singular concentration by the attendees. Indeed to be frank, you should consider attending only if you are prepared to accept a demanding learning schedule. If you decide to join us, we are confident that the experience will be professionally beneficial.

It is recommended you take the Basics of Government Contracting course before taking this more hands-on workshop.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this intensive 4 day course you will:
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the full federal contracting process
  • Ability to communicate effectively the bid protest procedures both at an agency level and court level
  • Develop solid foundation of contracting techniques including acquisition planning and contract types
  • Communicate and determine obligations for a contract change or adjustment
  • Request a potential cost recovery
  • Prepare a claim
  • Develop an appeal to the Boards of Contract Appeals
May 3-6, 2021
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,800.00
Premium: $2,195.00
July 27-30, 2021
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
Travel Info
Standard: $1,800.00
Premium: $2,195.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC Weeklong Conferences
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Orlando, FL
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations

Course Curriculum


Authority, acquisition planning, contract types, competition, sealed bidding. Practical Exercise.

Competitive procurements under FAR Part 15, procedures, issues and problems. Practical Exercise.


Simplified acquisition, commercial items and socio-economic policies. Practical Exercise.

Contractor protests at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO Protest Hearing Simulation.


Rights and obligations arising from changes in contract work; the changes clause; “constructive changes”; contract interpretation; delays; “cardinal” changes; differing site conditions. Practical Exercise.

Analysis and interpretation of inspection and acceptance clauses; testing; acceptance and rejection; ways to overcome acceptance; increases in extent of inspection/testing and in standards of performance. Practical Exercise.


Methods of determining equitable adjustments; allowable and unallowable cost elements; overhead; profit; problems and techniques of proof; cost recovery under cost reimbursement contracts. Practical Exercise.

Preparation of claims; certification and recovery of interest; contracting officer’s “final decisions”; appeals to agency Boards of Contract Appeals (BCA) and the Court of Federal Claims (COFC). Practical Exercise.

See Individual Courses For Available Credits
Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
CPE: Continuing Professional Education
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.
CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 26.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
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: 22.0 (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: 22.0 (60 minutes), 26.0 (50 minutes)
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92122
Hotel & Room Block Info
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.
Government Per Diem
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.
General Information
Food & Beverage
During La Jolla Government Contracts Week, we will be serving continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.

Close to scenic beaches, area attractions and the Westfield UTC open-air shopping experience, the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine draws inspiration from nearby La Jolla cove. Enjoy premium amenities including reimagined pool, social and dining spaces.
The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
Hotel & Room Block Info
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
Please note that we have reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate. To make a reservation, click here.
General Information
Food & Beverage
During Hilton Head Week, we will be serving continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.
  • 100
    Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
  • 200
    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.
  • 300
    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.
  • 400
    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.
  • 500
    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.