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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.

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Apply DFAR Clauses to Contracts
  • Correctly use applicable forms for acquisition
  • Cite various sections of the DFARs
  • Understand the DFAR Clauses, the regulation System and roles of the Contracting Officer
  • Recognize key terms and definitions 
  • Plan for acquisition and/or proposals
  • Execute effective market research 
  • Determine Conflicts of Interest
  • How contracts are advertised and awarded
  • Determine methods and contract vehicles
  • Keep up with changing regulations
November 17, 2021
The Westin San Diego
San Diego, CA, United States
Travel Info
Standard: $950.00
Enhanced: $1,345.00
December 8, 2021
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
Travel Info
Standard: $950.00
Enhanced: $1,345.00
May 4, 2022
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,100.00
Enhanced: $1,495.00
July 27, 2022
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
Travel Info
Standard: $1,100.00
Enhanced: $1,495.00
October 26, 2022
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,325.00
Enhanced: $1,720.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
La Jolla, Hilton Head and Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference Locations
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations
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
  • Michael Killham
    Experienced Corporate Counsel
    Michael A. Killham is a California attorney specializing in U.S. Government procurement and subcontracting support. He provides legal advice, training, and assistance concerning all aspects of federal and commercial contracting and fiscal law, including but not limited to subjects relating to Contra...
  • Steven Tomanelli
    J.D., LL.M.
    Steven N. Tomanelli is the owner of Steven N. Tomanelli & Associates and is an attorney specializing in government contract law in the Washington DC area. Steven N. Tomanelli & Associates provide legal services, training and consulting services in all aspects of government contracting and fe...
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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: Beginner
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
General Information
There is not a room block for this location. However, the AMA offers special hotel rates. Click here to see rates and reserve a hotel room.

Food & Beverage
Coffee service, water, hot tea, soda and juice will be available in the facility all day. Lunch is on your own and an afternoon snack will be served.
Executive Conference and Training Center
22685 Holiday Park Drive, Suite 60
Suite 60
Sterling, VA, 20166
Hotel & Room Block Info

FPS does not have a room block for this location. However, ECTC has partnered with the Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles.  Visit for more information.


Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles

22700 Holiday Park Dr, Sterling, VA 20166

Phone: (703) 537-7800

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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.
The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
Hotel & Room Block Info

There is a room block for this location. The rate is $282/night plus tax, plus a resort charge of $20 per room, per night. You may reserve a room by going to this booking website at Reservations must be made by July 5, 2022 and 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 rate of $182/night plus tax, plus a resort charge of $20 per room, per night. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. To book your reservation, visit .You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.

General Information

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

The Westin San Diego
400 West Broadway
San Diego, CA, 92101
Hotel & Room Block Info
There is a room block for this location.  Click here to make a reservation for the group rate of $209 +tax/person.   

You must make your reservation by Friday, October 22, 2021 to get this rate
General Information
Providing a safer environment for our guests and associates is a top priority. Consistent with the most recent CDC guidance, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear face coverings or social distance in indoor or outdoor areas of the hotel, unless required by local law. We ask that unvaccinated guests continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when they are in public spaces inside the hotel.

Every guest room is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to your arrival. During your stay, we will not provide housekeeping automatically every day. If you wish to receive daily housekeeping refresh service, please let our guest services team know. We will be happy to schedule service according to your preferences.
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    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.
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    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.
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