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The Masters Institute in Government Contracting is a specially conceived, advanced program in government contracting. We have offered this program for several years and are pleased to once again offer the Institute - completely updated for this presentation.

Course Faculty
The foundation of the Institute is its exceptional faculty - five professionals who are yours for five days. Click here for more faculty information. These individuals will not "teach" you government procurement. Rather, they will take you beyond, delving into areas which have not been fully explored; considering problems to which there may be no immediate, definite answers; proposing strategies that can directly affect your activities. 

Course Format/Structure
Each day will be spent in a variety of ways: lectures; case studies; illustrative examples; group discussions; individual questioning; and considering questions on any procurement subject - not only on matters scheduled to be raised that day. In addition, Institute attendees will receive several manuals of original materials prepared by the faculty. Finally, we believe you will greatly benefit from your association with the other attendees - all of whom are expected to be on your professional level.This Institute is, in short, a unique educational endeavor. In our view, it continues to be one of the most exhilarating procurement programs we offer. We trust your view will be similar.

What You Will Learn - 2019
The course agenda has been updated for 2019 to cover major legislative, regulatory and other policy developments. We will go into depth on a number of topics:

  • The government contracts process: systems and institutions
  • War on procurement fraud (e.g. terminations, FCA)
  • Changes & equitable adjustments in government contracts
  • Constructive changes and government misrepresentations
  • Formation, source selection, and past performance
  • Commercial item acquisition
  • Contracting for services
  • Contract negotiations in the new acquisition environment
  • Preparing and defending claims
  • Claims litigation
  • Terminations
  • Equitable adjustment and cost recovery
  • Cost principles

For detailed information on the course agenda, click here.

Who Should Attend
The Institute is specifically designed for government contract professionals who are already well experienced in procurement.

Note on Class Start Times
The start and end times for the La Jolla, CA,; Hilton Head, SC; and Las Vegas, NV (September weeklong) locations are earlier than at other locations. Classes will begin at 8:00 AM (breakfast/registration at 7 AM) and end at 3:00 PM on Monday through Thursday. Classes on Friday begin at 8:00 AM and end at 11:00 AM.

Dates and Locations
July 22-26, 2019
The Westin Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head Island, SC
$2045
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September 16-20, 2019
The Flamingo Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
$2045
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December 9-13, 2019
American Management Association
Arlington, VA
$1955
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BEST TRAINING AVAILABLE
DAILY SCHEDULE
Day 1
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Government Contracts Process: Systems & Institutions
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.

  • Key participants
  • Role of Congress Procurement and Public Management
  • Statutory Structure
  • Commercial Itema; Acquisition of Services; Other Drivers of Policy

Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
The Government Contracts Process: Systems & Institutions (cont)
  • Claims and Protests
  • Socioeconomic Considerations
  • Task Order Contracting
  • Executive Orders and Better Buying Power
  • Acquisition "Reform" (1980 - today)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
War on Procurement Fraud
  • Terminations
  • Civil False Claims Act
  • Audits and Investigations
  • Mandatory Disclosure
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
War on Procurement Fraud (cont)
  • Suspension and Debarment
  • Current Enforcement Environment
 
Day 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Changes & Equitable Adjustments in Government Contracts
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
  • Why changes clauses
  • Changes clause pedigree
  • Basic clause coverage
  • The C.O.'s change order authority
  • C.O. delegations of authority
  • Contract interpretation
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Formal change orders
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Constructive Changes - Government Misrepresentations & More
  • Price adjustments for changed work
  • Pricing change-related costs
  • Special equitable adjustment cases
  • Proving costs
  • Cost reimbursement contracts
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Value Engineering & more
  • Value engineering
  • Changes in data
  • Claims presentation and defense
 
Day 3
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Formation, Source Selection, and Past Performance
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.

  • Short Introduction: Procurement Bloopers by a Founding Father
    • Thomas Jefferson, Construction of UVA, and Public Procurement Snafus
  • Formation: Illegal Contracts and the Contractor's Remedy - Case Studies
  • Formation: Enforceability of an Uneconomical Options - Case Studies
  • Source Selection: Pushing Back on the LPTA
    • Review of Developments and Practical and Strategic Impacts
  • Past Performance: Receiving Evaluation Credit for the Past Performances of Affiliates - Case Studies
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Commercial Item Acquisition
  • Commercial Item Acquisition – Key Concepts
  • Palantir Case (Fed. Cir. 2018) – Case Study in Market Research re Availability of Commercial Items
  • Christian Doctrine and K-Con Case (Fed. Cir. 2018) – Case Study
  • Reforms re Commercial Items – 2019 NDAA 
  • Intellectual Property Issues
    • ASBCA Case re Commercial license – Case Study
    • GSA rule regarding unenforceable provisions
  • Other Transactions and Access to Commercial Technology and Non-Traditional Defense Contractors
    • GAO’s Jurisdiction
    • Oracle Decision – Case Study
  • Unique Issues in Federal Supply Schedule Contracting (Time Permitting)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Contracting for Services
    • Status of Obama EO reforms
    • “Bait & Switch” Protests re Key Personnel  
    • Ethics Issues in Service Contracts
    • OCIs in Service Contracts
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Contract Negotiations in the New Acquisition Environment
  • Proposal Submission:  “Late is Late” conflict between GAO & COFC
  • Discussions vs. Clarifications
  • Debriefing/Awardee scenario – release of bottom-line pricing.  What can you do? (Case Study)
  • New Debriefing Rule – and Debriefing Strategy
  • Fed. Cir. Dell case – corrective action included protests (Time Permitting)
 
Day 4
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Preparing and Defending Claims
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.

  • Claims during performance
  • Preparing claims narrative
  • Pricing the claims
  • Presenting the claims to government

Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Claims Litigation
  • Negotiating with contractor
  • The final decision
  • Additional government considerations
  • Appealing adverse decision
  • Board vs. court
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Terminations
  • Types of terminations
  • Default terminations
  • Government right to terminate
  • Grounds for default
  • Recovery of progress payments
  • Liquidated damages
  • Dost-type contract damages
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Convenience Termination & more
  • Convenience termination
  • Termination procedures
  • Contractor's dollar recovery
  • Partial terminations
  • The settlement proposal
  • Disputes
 
Day 5
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Equitable Adjustment and Cost Recovery
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.

  • Contract provisions
  • Changes article
  • Other clauses
  • Equitable adjustment
  • Determination of equitable adjustment costs
  • Profit
  • Interest on claims
  • Performance time
  • Time for filing notice and/or submitting the claim for equitable adjustment

Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost Principles, Cost Accounting Standards & more
Cost Principles
  • Applicability
  • Advance agreements
  • Basic considerations regarding cost allowability
  • Selected costs
  • Limitation of cost clause
  • Retroactive cost disallowances
  • Changes in accounting methods
  • Profit
  • Educational institutions

Start and end times for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (registration begins at 7:00 a.m.).  Start and end times for all other locations: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Chris Pockney
Chris is an independent consultant and the former head of the Washington office of Ernst & Young’s Government Contract Services group within the Advisory Services practice. He provides federal contract advisory services to a broad range of clients including defense contractors, commercial contractors, non-profits, educational institutions and regulated utilities.He has assisted clients in numerous manufacturing and service industries including aerospace, nuclear energy, electronics, software, healthcare, construction and insurance across the globe.
David S. Black
David S. Black is co-chair of the National Government Contracts Practice at Holland and Knight. He practices in the area of government contracts counseling and dispute resolution. His practice includes representing contractors in protests, claims under the Contract Disputes Act, responding to government investigations and audits, False Claims Act investigations and litigation, terminations for default and convenience, prime-subcontractor disputes, compliance programs, and counseling on a variety of contract administration and procurement issues.

After law school, he served as judicial clerk to Judge Larry G. Elder of the Court of Appeals of Virginia in Richmond.

Education
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
University of Virginia, B.A.
J. Chris Haile
J. Chris Haile is a partner at Crowell & Moring with extensive experience in government procurement law. Mr. Haile litigates disputes and counsels clients in a broad range of government contract matters, with particular emphasis on the resolution of contract disputes. For example, Mr. Haile has represented clients in matters involving the government's breach of contract, claims for contract changes, termination for default, termination for convenience, Truth in Negotiations Act (TINA) compliance and defective pricing, commercial-item procurement, contract negotiations, and bid protests. He also represents clients in other related matters, such as investigations and audits by government agencies or inspectors general (IGs), False Claims Act / qui tam relator suits, and disclosures to the U.S. Government.

EDUCATION
Mr. Haile is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A., cum laude) and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude), where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy. 
Peter J. Eyre
Peter J. Eyre is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group. In 2014, Peter was recognized nationally by Chambers USA as an Up & Coming Government Contracts attorney and named to the National Law Journal's list of "40 Under 40 Rising Stars." Education: Williams College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Harvard Law School, J.D. (2005) cum laude

Areas of Discussion: The Government contracts “system”-how it really works and how you can work within it. The institutions that “control” Government contracts-Congress, procuring agencies, GAO, OFPP. Judicial tribunals-how they reach decisions, and make rules, and how to best approach them for relief.

Ralph C. Nash, Jr.
Professor of Law Emeritus at George Washington University's National Law Center, where he has taught federal government contracting subjects for 45 years. Professor Nash is the most widely recognized expert in the field of government contracting. He established the first and still most prominent Program in Government Contracting at George Washington University in 1961. Professor Nash teaches and writes widely in this area, and he consults and acts as an expert witness for government agencies, companies, and law firms nationwide.

PLEASE NOTE: Professor Nash will ONLY be teaching in the DC Metro Area and not during the La Jolla or Hilton Head Conferences in 2019.
W. Jay DeVecchio
W. Jay DeVecchio is a litigator and Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice. Clients from the aerospace, technology, and health care sectors seek his representation in all facets of government procurement law, from bid protests to complex claims and disputes through suspension and debarment. He also represents clients in related issues such as criminal and civil fraud, qui  tam actions, and internal investigations.

Education:
Duke University 
(B.A., 1974, cum laude) 
The Catholic University School of Law 
(J.D., 1978) 
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American Management Association
2345 Crystal Drive, Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
5714812208
TRAVEL INFORMATION

There is not a room block for this location, however the AMA offers special hotel rates.  Please visit http://www.amaconferencecenter.org/washington-hotels.htm.

METRO RAIL LINE:

Yellow & Blue Line – METRO Stop – Crystal City

From the METRO - AMA is 2 blocks east and 4 blocks south on Crystal Drive

http://www.amaconferencecenter.org/washington-directions-maps.htm

 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Coffee, tea and water will be served throughout the day with an afternoon snack (baked goods) break.  Breakfast and lunch are on your own.
The Flamingo Hotel
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
7027333111
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE
There is a room block for this location for 2019 Las Vegas Government Contracts Week attendees. The rate is $94.00 + daily resort fee of $35.00 per room, per night. To make a reservation, click here. If you call to make reservations instead (888-373-9855) PLEASE NOTE there is a $15 + tax processing fee per reservation booked via phone reservations. Group code is SFFPS9. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 15, 2019 and are subject to availability.

TRAVEL INFORMATION
There is a room block for this location for 2019 Las Vegas Government Contracts Week attendees. The rate is $94.00 + daily resort fee of $35.00 per room, per night. To make a reservation, click here. If you call to make reservations instead (888-373-9855) PLEASE NOTE there is a $15 + tax processing fee per reservation booked via phone reservations. Group code is SFFPS9. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 15, 2019 and are subject to availability.

The Westin Hilton Head Island
2 Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
8886278551
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

There is a room block for this location. Rate is $260/night plus taxes. In addition, the daily resort fee will be reduced to $17/day. To make a reservation, call 800-937-8461 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Reservations must be made by June 21, 2019 and are subject to availability. To make a reservation, click here.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM

The government per diem rate is now sold out.  

TRAVEL INFORMATION

There is a room block for this location. Rate is $260/night plus taxes. In addition, the daily resort fee will be reduced to $17/day. To make a reservation, call 800-937-8461 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Reservations must be made by June 21, 2019 and are subject to availability. To make a reservation, click here.

Per Diem Rate
The government per diem rate is now sold out.  

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

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