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Two concentrated days on how to understand and use the Federal Acquisition Regulation in your daily contracting activities including in-depth analysis of the FAR system, the key contract clauses and contract forms. Provides comprehensive coverage of the FAR for new users and an advanced treatment of specific issues for experienced contract professionals. Course includes an explanation and demonstration of how to use the FAR online for research, reference, and updating.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) directly affects the purchase and sale of over $200 billion worth of supplies, services and construction each year by federal and state procurement offices. This critically important document is comprehensive, complex, and continually changing. All contract professionals involved in a FAR-based procurement must have a detailed working knowledge of the FAR to ensure that they are getting the best possible contract and that they are in full compliance with all applicable laws.

This course is designed to address these challenges in a highly practical and user-friendly way. As the name indicates, this course is a Workshop. The instructor and students will work through practical exercises specifically designed to demonstrate how to work with the FAR. Students will develop and refine the skills necessary to apply the FAR to virtually any acquisition situation. The FAR provides considerable flexibility in many aspects of federal procurement. Often, however, buyers and sellers are unfamiliar with the range of discretion in the FAR. This course will distinguish between those sections of the FAR that are mandatory and those that allow the parties to structure the contract to fit the situation.

The course will also cover court and board decisions that have interpreted the most important FAR clauses. Such knowledge can provide a significant business advantage to those who understand how a particular FAR clause is likely to be interpreted in litigation. Since most users of the FAR access it through their computers, this course will include a computer demonstration of various techniques for searching and updating the FAR.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply FAR Clauses to Contracts
  • Correctly use applicable forms for acquisition
  • Cite various sections of the FAR
  • Understand the Federal Acquisition Regulation Clauses, the FAR regulation System and roles of the Contracting Officer
  • Understand key terms and definitions 
  • Determine Conflicts of Interest
  • How contracts are advertised and awarded
  • Understand various contract vehicles
  • How to keep up with changing regulations
July 26-27, 2021
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
Travel Info
Standard: $1,375.00
Enhanced: $1,770.00
August 23-24, 2021
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,275.00
Enhanced: $1,670.00
September 13-14, 2021
The Flamingo Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
Travel Info
Standard: $1,375.00
Enhanced: $1,770.00
November 15-16, 2021
The Westin San Diego
San Diego, CA, United States
Travel Info
Standard: $1,275.00
Enhanced: $1,670.00
December 6-7, 2021
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
Travel Info
Standard: $1,275.00
Enhanced: $1,670.00
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

FAR Workshop Course Curriculum

  1. General Information
    1. The Federal Acquisition Regulation System
    2. Where to Find the Regulations
    3. How to Keep Up With the regulations
    4. The Contracting Officer
    5. Definitions of Key Terms, Phrases, and Words
    6. Improper Business Practices
    7. Personal Conflicts of Interest
    8. Procurement Integrity Matters

  2. Acquisition Planning
    1. Publicizing Contract Actions
    2. Competition Requirements
    3. Required Sources of Supplies and Services
    4. Contractor Qualifications
      1. Responsibility
      2. Debarment
      3. Suspension
    5. Specifications, Standards, and Other Purchase Descriptions
      1. Design vs. Performance
      2. Minimum Needs
      3. Brand Name or Equal
    6. Acquisition and Distribution of Commercial Products
    7. Contract Delivery or Performance

  3. Contracting Methods and Types of Contracts
    1. Small Purchase and Other Simplified Purchase Procedures
    2. Sealed Bidding
      1. Bid Opening
      2. Late Bids
      3. Mistakes in Bids
    3. Contract by Negotiation
    4. Source Selection Procedures
    5. Best and Final Offers
    6. The Truth in Negotiations Act
    7. Types of Contracts
      1. Fixed price
      2. Cost reimbursement
      3. Other types
    8. Special Contracting Methods

  4. Socio-Economic Programs
    1. Small Business and Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns
    2. Labor Surplus Areas Concerns
    3. Application of Labor Laws to Government Contracts
    4. Environmental regulations & restrictions; conservation & occupational safety
    5. Protection of privacy & freedom of information issues
    6. Foreign Acquisition
      1. Buy American Act
      2. Trade Agreement Act
      3. Balance of Payments program
    7. Other Socio-Economic Programs

  5. General Contracting Requirements
    1. Patents, Data and Copyrights
    2. Bonds and Insurance
    3. Taxes
    4. Cost Accounting Standards
      1. The OFPP
      2. CAS Board
    5. Contract cost principles & procedures
    6. Contract financing
      1. Progress payments
      2. Assignment of claims
      3. Prompt Payment Act
    7. Protests, Disputes and Appeals
      1. The Contracting Officer
      2. The GAO
      3. Agency Boards
      4. The Court of Federal Claims
      5. The Boards of Contract Appeals
      6. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  6. Special Categories of Contracting
    1. Major System Acquisition
    2. Research and Development Contracting
    3. Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts
    4. Service Contracts
    5. Federal Supply Schedule Contracting
      1. Single award schedules
      2. Multiple award schedules
    6. Management, Acquisition and Use of Information Resources; IT Procurement

  7. Contract Management
    1. Contract Administration
    2. Disallowances
    3. Contract Modifications
    4. Change Orders, Constructive Changes and Equitable Adjustments
    5. Subcontracting Policies
    6. Government Property
    7. Quality Assurance; Inspection, Acceptance and Warranties
    8. Transportation
    9. Value Engineering
    10. Termination of Contracts-Convenience and Default
    11. Extraordinary Contractual Actions
    12. Use of Government Sources by Contractors

  8. Clauses and Forms
    1. Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses
    2. Incorporation by Reference and Full Text
    3. The Numbering System
    4. The Clause Matrices
    5. Using the Forms
    6. Standard Forms
    7. Optional Forms

  9. Latest Developments
    1. The OFPP and FAR Council
    2. Pending Legislation
    3. Federal Acquisition Circulars (FAC)
  • 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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Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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CPE Hours
This program is eligible for: 13.0 (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: 11.0 (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: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (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

There is not a room block for the ECTC location. However, ECTC offers special hotel rates at the Hampton Inn & Suites Dulles (located across the street from the venue). Call 703.537.7800 and reference Federal Publications.

General Information

Food & Beverage

There will be all-day beverage service. Continental breakfast will be served, along with lunch and an afternoon dessert break.

The Flamingo Hotel
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
Hotel & Room Block Info

We have a room block secured at the Flamingo Hotel for Las Vegas Week.  Visit to reserve your room. Group rate is $94 + taxes + daily resort fee of $35/room/night. You must make your reservation by Friday, August 10, 2021. Rooms are subject to availability.

General Information

Food & Beverage
Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee will be served.

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.

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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