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Contracting with the federal government for construction of public works, whether that construction consists of “ground-up” construction, renovations, or minor construction, has its own unique & complex rules, standards, problems, & hurdles.  The Introduction to Government Construction Contracting is a comprehensive two-day overview of the entire federal procurement process, from start to finish, relating to federal construction projects.  It is the purpose of this program to equip industry & Government representatives with the knowledge necessary to effectively & successfully obtain, manage, & perform Government construction contracts.

The scope of subjects analyzed by the program is set forth in the detailed Course Curriculum. Its coverage includes not only general construction matters as they relate to the Government procurement process, but the specifics of inspections & warranties, scheduling & delays & acceleration, changes in the work, contract terminations, remedies & special problems, & more.

You will be instructed on these subjects by noted course faculty – a practitioner who is a recognized authority on Government construction matters & who has published several works relating to the award & administration of federal construction contracts. In addition to their detailed lectures, each attendee will receive a comprehensive Course Manual of original materials prepared by the instructor exclusively for this program.

Who should attend:

  • Newly hired professionals in all government construction contracting roles at all levels & all sizes of organizations
  • Business & organizations who are exploring or have acquired a federal government construction contract either as a prime contractor or a subcontractor
  • Specialists who have been working in limited areas involving government construction, those who have not had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the overall picture.
  • Experienced professionals needing an effective refresher, to be brought up to date on the  rules, procedures, rights, & remedies applicable to government & industry.

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize relevant statutes, laws & regulations unique to a government construction procurement & contract, including but not limited to those under FAR Subpart 36.2, “Special Aspects of Contracting for Construction,”  basic labor statutes & regulations, liquidated damages, & bonding requirements applicable to federal construction projects.
  • Determine the roles & responsibilities of government officials involved in the award, administration & performance of a government construction contract.
  • Understand & develop strategies for developing & responding to Invitations for Bids & Requests for Proposals.
  • Analyze differing site conditions & change orders.
  • Prepare for delays, suspension & accelerations.
  • Resolve issues related to inspection & acceptance of a government construction project.
  • Lean about the parties’ rights & responsibilities under different types of terminations.
September 13-14, 2021
The Flamingo Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
Travel Info
Standard: $1,375.00
Premium: $1,770.00
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Las Vegas, NV

Government Construction Contracting Course Curriculum


Overview of The Statutory & Regulatory Structure Governing Federal Construction 

  • Definition of "Construction" & Why it is Important to Distances Between Construction & Other Types of Services
  • Contracting Under FAR Part 36

Key Players & Government Representatives – Roles & Responsibilities

  • The Contracting Officer (PCOs, ACOs & TCOs)
  • Other Contracting Officer Representatives
  • Authority of Government Personnel - Who Has It & Who Lacks It
  • Alternatives to Proving Authority

Performance & Payment Bonds

  • 40 U.S.C., chapter 31, subchapter III, “Bonds” (formerly known as The Miller Act)
  • Other Performance & Payment Bonding Requirements

Overview of Labor Standards & Socio-Economic Programs & Policies Involving Construction

  • Construction Wage Rate Requirements Statute (commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act) & Related Acts
  • Contract Work Hours & Safety Standards
  • Anti-Kickback Act
  • Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects
  • Foreign Purchases — Buy American Act for Construction Materials & Other Domestic Preferences Involving Construction
  • Small Business Act Matters, Including Set-Asides, Subcontracting Limits & Subcontracting Plans
  • Other Socioeconomic Policies & Considerations


Special Construction Contracting Requirements
Methods of Procurement – The Competition in Contracting Act
Differences Between Sealed Bidding & Contracting by Negotiation
Two Phase Design-Build Selection Procedures
Simplified Acquisitions – Job Order Contracts


Bid Protests (Including Agency-Level, General Accounting Office, & The Court of Federal Claims)
Small Business Challenges


Special Contract Provisions Applicable To Construction Contracts

Contract Specifications & Their Use 

  • Overview
  • Purposes
  • Minimum Compliance & Deviations


  • Guidelines & Considerations for Project Scheduling
  • The Critical Path Method
  • Float Time
  • Updating the Schedule


Formal Changes 

  • The Contract Clause
  • Analysis of the Clause
  • Recoverable Costs & Other Relief

Constructive Change Orders 

  • Definition of Constructive Change
  • Doctrine of Constructive Change in the Changes Clause
  • Significance of Constructive Changes
  • The Need for Authority by Government Personnel

Interpretation of Contracts 

  • Applicable Law
  • Intent of the Parties
  • Rules & Aids in Interpretation

The Contract Clause
Types of Differing Site Conditions
Recoverable Costs & Other Relief
Responsibility For Changed Conditions Subsequent to Contract Award

Contract Clauses
Liquidated Damages

  • Excusable vs. Non-Excusable Delays
  • Concurrent Delays

Suspensions of Work 

  • Analysis of Clause
  • Requirement for Government Direction or Fault
  • Reasonable vs. Unreasonable Delays
  • Recoverable Costs & Other Relief

Concurrent Delays & Cumulative Impact

  • Actual
  • Constructive
  • Recoverable Costs & Other Relief


Government Inspection Process 

  • General Clauses & Regulations
  • Standard Construction Contract Clauses
  • Completion vs. Substantial Completion
  • Resolving Punchlist Items
  • Occupancy by Owner Prior to Completion


  • Mode of Acceptance
  • Effect of Final Acceptance
  • Early Occupancy by Government
  • Revocation of Acceptance


  • Effect
  • Types
  • Government Remedies

The Benefit of Lessons Learned

Terminations for Convenience 

  • Government's Right to Terminate
  • Contractor's Rights Upon Termination
  • Giving/Receiving Notice
  • Termination Cost Principles & Monetary Recovery
  • Partial Termination
  • Termination vs. Deletion of Work by Change order

Terminations for Default 

  • Bases
  • Severable Contracts
  • Requirement of the Exercise of Discretion
  • Excusable Delays & Defaults
  • Estoppel & Waiver
  • Defenses Against Government Right to Terminate
  • Government's Remedies Upon Default
  • Actual vs. Liquidated Damages
  • Contractor Remedies for Wrongful Termination


  • Brian A. Darst
    Attorney, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman

    Mr. Darst specializes in legal matters involving Government construction and service contract law and has extensive experience in the areas of contract formation and administration issues, bid protests, claims preparation and litigation, internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, procuremen...
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The Flamingo Hotel
3555 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
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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.

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Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee will be served.

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