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The foundation of government contracting is contract administration. Without effective, solid administration, any type of government contract whether for a product or a service - large or small - can face enormous hurdles, problems, claims, and disputes. As participants will find, this workshop takes on the substantive issues of contract administration directly and aggressively.

Each day of the workshop will deal with specific, concrete administration problem areas. These areas will be illuminated, dissected, sharply analyzed and resolved -- through discussions, lectures, and problem-solving exercises. Keeping with the advanced nature of this program, you will also learn proven techniques for avoiding disputes. Strategies to use, when disputes do arise, will be covered also.

In short, all of the elements have been carefully selected and crafted to give you the most practical, advanced program on contract administration possible. 

By the end of the course, you will be able to use these tools to identify practical, legal, equitable and ethical solutions to problems you are sure to face in contract administration.

Who should attend:

Owners, vice presidents, directors, managers and contract administrators with years of experience in managing federal government contracts. Federal Government Contacting Officers, COTRs, CORs and other procurement specialists wanting more and in-depth training on administration.


Should have at least 3 years of experience in contract administration. Previous courses in Basics, Federal Acquisition Regulations, or other entry and mid-level courses on managing and administration of government contracts are encouraged first.

Learning Objectives:
After course completion you will be able to:

  • Recognize areas of potential challenges in contract administration
  • Develop a clear understanding of the legal and regulatory framework guiding contract administration
  • Create tactics to avoid potential disputes
  • Properly understand change orders and the process
July 28-29, 2021
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
Travel Info
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC Weeklong Conferences
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations


a.     What Is Contract Administration?

b.    The Rules

c.     Where The Rules Originate

d.    The Govt's Authorized Agents

e.     Standards Of Conduct

f.     Liability Of Govt Employees



a.     Key Definitions

b.    The Goals Of Interpretation

c.     Contract Wording - A Detailed Review

d.    Questions / Problems Following Contract Analysis



a.     The Changes Clause

b.    Notice Requirements

c.     Change Orders

d.    Causes

e.     Damages



a.     Excusable

b.    Compensable

c.     Standard Clauses

d.    Causes

e.     Damages



a.     Overview

b.    Govt Obligations

c.     Contractor Obligations & Remedies



a.     Faulty Representations & Statements

b.    Nondisclosures

c.     Warranty Issues

d.    Good Faith & Fair Dealing

e.     Performance Impracticability & Mistakes

f.     Allocating The Risks Fairly



a.     Basic Computation Rules

b.    Proving The Amount

c.     Claim Preparation Costs

d.    Defective Pricing Claims By The Govt

e.     Calculating Overhead & Profit Figures

f.     Delay & Impact



a.     The Standard Contract Clause

b.    Type I & Type II Conditions

c.     Contract Breach

d.    Contractor's Duty To Inspect The Site

e.     Govt Disclaimers

f.     Notice & Procedure

g.    Exculpatory Clauses



a.     Govt Rights

b.    Inspection Procedures

c.     Rejection & Correction

d.    Acceptance

e.     Express & Implied Warranties



a.     Discharge

b.    Contract Payments

c.     Standard Clauses

d.    Prompt Payment Act

e.     Debt Collection Procedures

f.     Remedies & Setoffs



a.     Govt's Rights

b.    Procedures

c.     Constructive Termination

d.    Contractor Recovery

e.     Settlement Principles & Procedures

f.     Partial Terminations



a.     Bases for Termination

b.    The Decision

c.     Contractor Defenses

d.    Govt Remedies

e.     Procedures

f.     Damages

g.    Liquidated Damages

h.     Contesting the Termination



a.     The Process

b.    The Disputes Path

c.     Asserting Contractor Claims

d.    The C.O.'s & The Administrator's Roles

e.     Remedies

f.     Overview Of The Contract Disputes Act



  • 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...
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Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
Delivery Method: Group-Live Classroom
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Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
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CLP Hours
This program is eligible for: 11.0 (CLP) hours of credit
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The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
Hotel & Room Block Info

Hotel Rooms
We have a room block secured for the Hilton Head weeklong event. For guest room reservations, call 800.937.8461 and reference the Federal Publications room block. 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

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.
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