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What you will learn:
This workshop is designed to explain the legal and regulatory underpinnings of federal government contract administration, giving you practical experience through case studies and alerting you to common pitfalls.
Completely updated incorporating the latest changes from the most recent statutes and Federal Acquisition Circulars.


This is a student centered course designed to teach you the basics through lecture to include:
• Understanding the roles of various contracting personnel and their corresponding authority
• Learning about various contract types and their impact on contract administration
• Managing changes and understanding the procedure for modifying a contract
• Understanding contract payments, contract financing and progress payments
• Learning about subcontract management and flowdown provisions
• Learning the elements of a claim and the forums for filing a dispute
• Understanding contract termination
And more...


This specialized program covers critical post-award contract administration topical areas, including the applicable contract clauses and critical issues that routinely confront the parties during contract performance. Now that you've been awarded a federal government contract, government and contractor teams focus on completing the requirements of the contract. The government team focuses on managing costs, quality, meeting the contract schedule, and performance. The contractor team focuses on managing risk, compliance, performance, quality, costs, and profit.

Many issues and problems surface quickly during the contract administration phase. Both government and contractor personnel must understand their rights and obligations under the contract and how to approach difficult situations and resolve problems to the mutual benefit of both parties.

This seminar is designed to stimulate critical thinking and discussion on commonly encountered contract administration issues. The application of certain key clauses and recurring issues that arise during the contract will be emphasized throughout to reinforce the importance of contract administration to successful performance and compliance.
Dates and Locations
January 29-30, 2019
Executive Conference and Training Center
Sterling, VA
$1275
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April 8-9, 2019
Hyatt Place Denver Downtown
Denver, CO
$1275
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September 16-17, 2019
The Flamingo Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
$1375
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October 24-25, 2019
DC Metro Area - TBA
DC Metro Area, VA
$1275
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DAILY SCHEDULE
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schedule for La Jolla, CA and Hilton Head, SC
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Las Vegas September Weeklong Conference
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schedule for All Other Locations

Course Curriculum

FIRST DAY

Introduction to Government Contracts Administration – The Setting

1) Welcome & Introduction

2) Key Players & Government Representatives – Roles & Responsibilities

a) The Contracting Officer (PCOs, ACOs & TCOs)

b) Other Contracting Officer Representatives

c) Authority of Government Personnel - Who Has It & Who Lacks It

d) Alternatives to Proving Authority

e) The Role of the ACO in Contract Administration (FAR Part 42)

f) The Role of Others in Contract Administration (DCAA, DOL, SBA, etc.)

3) Principal Contract Types & Other Documents-- Their Effect on Contract Administration

a) Firm Fixed Price Contracts

b) Cost Type Contracts

c) Indefinite Quantity Contracts

d) Other Contract Types

e) Types of Specifications & Other Requirements Documents

 Costs under Government Contracts 

1) Overview & Applicability to Different Scenarios in Contract Administration 

a) Common Cost-Reimbursement Clauses

b) Government Audit Rights

2) The FAR’s Cost Principles

a) Direct Costs vs. Indirect Costs

b) Allowability

c) Allocability

d) Provisional & Final Indirect Cost Rates

3) Cost Accounting Standards

a) Applicability & Exceptions

b) Overview of Full vs. Modified CAS Coverage & Standards

c) Disclosure Statements & Other Obligations

4) Truth In Negotiations Act – Post-Award Pricing Actions

a) Applicability to Post-Award Pricing Actions
b) Exceptions   
c) Defective Pricing/Price Reductions

Patents, Data Rights & Intellectual Property 

1) Overriding Principles – Government’s vs. Contractors’ Rights

2) Patents

a) Authorization, Use & Indemnification

b) Inventions First Developed Under Government Contracts

3) Technical Data & Computer Software

a) Key FAR & DFARS Provisions

b) Standard Licenses

c) Special/Non-Standard Licenses

4) Copyrights

SECOND DAY

Managing Changes & Modifications 

1) Types Of Modifications

a) Administrative Modifications

b) Bilateral Modifications vs. Unilateral Change Orders

2) Elements & Types of Changes

a) Formal

b) Constructive

c) Cardinal

3) Authority To Issue Change Orders

a) Express Authority

b) Implied Authority

c) Ratification & Equitable Estoppel

4) Principles Of Contract Interpretation

a) Applicable Law

b) Intent of the Parties

c) Rules and Aids in Interpretation

5) Formal Changes

a) The Contract Clauses

b) Analysis of the Changes Clauses

6) Constructive Change Orders

a) Definition of Constructive Change

b) Significance of Constructive Changes

7) Notice Requirements under the Changes Clause

8) Value Engineering (FAR Part 48)

 

Delays, Disruption, Suspensions & Acceleration 

1) Suspensions & Stop Work Orders

a) Analysis of Clauses

b) Requirement for Government Direction or Fault

c) Reasonable vs. Unreasonable Delays

d) Recoverable Costs

e) Notice Requirements

2) Delays

a) Excusable vs. Nonexcusable Delays

b) Compensable vs. Noncompensable Delays

c) Concurrent Delays

3) Acceleration

a) Actual

b) Constructive

4) Disruption & Cumulative Impacts

 
Subcontract Management 

1) Privity of Contract

a) Definition of Subcontract & Subcontractor

b) Subcontract Terms & Conditions

c) Resolving Disputes with Subcontractors

2) Small Business Subcontracting

a) The Ostensible Subcontractor Rule

b) Limitations on Subcontracting

c) Small Business Subcontracting Plans

3) Government Oversight

a) Consent/Notification Requirements vs. Purchasing System Reviews

b) Other Government Oversight

c) Competition in Subcontracting

d) Excessive Pass Through Costs

 
Inspection, Acceptance & Warranties 

1) The Government’s Inspection Process

a) Rights & Obligations Under Standard FAR Clauses

b) Commonly Encountered Problems

c) Strict Compliance, Deviations & Waivers

2) Government Remedies

a) Types & Timing

b) Substantial Completion/Substantial Performance

e) Economic Waste

d) Physical Impossibility & Defective Specifications

2) Acceptance

a) Mode of Acceptance

b) Effect of Acceptance

c) Revocation of Acceptance

d) Latent vs. Patent Defects

3) Warranties

a) Effect

b) Types

b)  Commonly Encountered Problems

 

Invoicing, Payments & Financing 

1) Types of Contract Payments

a) Invoice Payments & Cost Vouchers

b) Partial vs. Complete Payments

2) Types of Contract Financing – Traditional vs. Commercial Item Acquisitions

a) Performance Based Payments

b) Progress Payments

c) Advance Payments

3) The Prompt Payment Act

4) Effect of Final Payment

Terminations 

1) Terminations for Convenience

a) Government's Right to Terminate

b) Contractor's Rights upon Termination

c) Giving/Receiving Notice

e) Partial Terminations

f) Termination vs. Deletion of Work by Change Order

2) Terminations for Default

a) Bases

b) Requirement of the Exercise of Discretion

c) Excusable Delays & Defaults

d) Estoppel & Waiver

e) Defenses against Government Right to Terminate

f) Government's Remedies upon Default

 Disputes & Equitable Adjustments

1) Requests for Equitable Adjustment & Formal Claims

a) The Contract Disputes Act

b) Differences/Similarities between REAs & Claims

c) Preparation of the REA/Claim -- Procedural & Substantive Aspects

2) Elements of Recovery

a) Proving Entitlement

b) Different Methodologies for Quantifying REAs & Claims

c) Limitations Under Applicable Clauses

d) Cost or Pricing Data Requirements Certifications and Related Matters

e) Certifications and Related Matters

f) Other Remedies

3) The Contracting Officer’s Final Decision 

a) Timing & Effect

b) Contractor’s Duty to Proceed

c) Overview of the Appeals Process

 

 

 

 

BRIAN DARST, Odin, Feldman & Pittleman P.C.
Brian A. Darst specializes in matters involving government and commercial contract law and represents companies doing business with government entities, at federal, state and local levels, on a wide range of issues. He has extensive experience in bid protests, claims preparation and litigation, internal investigations, voluntary disclosures, procurement fraud investigations, various contract formation and administration issues, suspension and debarment proceedings, matters related to the Small Business Administration, and other issues involving the award and administration of federal and state government contracts. Mr. Darst’s practice also includes assisting clients with matters related to the sale and acquisition of firms involved in government contracting, subcontracting issues, software licensing, other corporate governance matters, and Virginia litigation. 
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All Federal Publications Seminars courses meet the course requirements of the National Contract Management Association’s certification programs. We are a proud Education Partner of the NCMA.
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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
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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
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** 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)
DC Metro Area - TBA
TBA
DC Metro Area, VA 
TRAVEL INFORMATION
Venue information for the 2019 DC Government Contracts Week (October 21-25, 2019) courses will be announced shortly. Please check back.
Executive Conference and Training Center
22685 Holiday Park Drive
Suite 60
Sterling, VA 20166
703-708-0808
TRAVEL INFORMATION

There is not a room block for this location.

Hyatt Place Denver Downtown
440 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
3038932900
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

There is a room block for this location. Rate is $239/night plus taxes. To make a reservation, please click this link -  https://book.passkey.com/e/49745520. Reservations must be made by March 1, 2019.

 

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.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

There is a room block for this location. Rate is $239/night plus taxes. To make a reservation, please click this link -  https://book.passkey.com/e/49745520. Reservations must be made by March 1, 2019.

 

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. You can also call the reservations line at 888.373.9855 and reference ‘FPS Contracting Week 2019’. PLEASE NOTE there is a $15 + tax processing fee per reservation booked via phone reservations. 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. You can also call the reservations line at 888.373.9855 and reference ‘FPS Contracting Week 2019’. PLEASE NOTE there is a $15 + tax processing fee per reservation booked via phone reservations. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 15, 2019 and are subject to availability.

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200
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300
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