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Experience the same collaboration, instructor interaction and learning benefits as if you were physically in the classroom.  Please register at least 2 weeks before the course to ensure that course materials can be shipped to you in time for the start of class. 

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.

Some Things to Know About Our Virtual Instructor-Led Classes

We use a technology platform called 
Conference Client, which is 2-way video and audio streaming.

Important: Technology Requirements
You must have the following: 

  • Webcam
  • Mic and speakers OR a headset.  For the best audio experience, a headset is preferable.
  • Conference Client must be installed (click here for more information)

In addition, for the most successful experience we strongly recommend:

  • You should have full privileges to install software on and configure the device(s) you will use.
  • Avoid using wireless internet network connections.  Wireless connections are inherently unstable and vulnerable to many factors outside the scope of our control.
  • Recommended minimum bandwidth is 3 Mpbs.
Course Materials
Course materials for our virtual classes are exactly the same as the materials you'd receive if you attended the class in person. Be sure to register for the virtual class at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the class to ensure that you'll get your materials in time.

This virtual instructor-led course is currently not accredited for CLE, CPE or CLP.

Virtual courses are designed to be taken virtually by one individual.  If you have a group, please contact us at 888.494.3696 to discuss group or multi- user options. 
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FAR Workshop Course Curriculum

1.     General Information

a.     The Federal Acquisition Regulation System

b.     Where to Find the Regulations

c.     How to Keep Up With the regulations

d.     The Contracting Officer

e.     Definitions of Key Terms, Phrases, and Words

f.      Improper Business Practices

g.     Personal Conflicts of Interest

h.     Procurement Integrity Matters


2.     Acquisition Planning

a.     Publicizing Contract Actions

b.     Competition Requirements

c.     Required Sources of Supplies and Services

d.     Contractor Qualifications

1.     Responsibility

2.     Debarment

3.     Suspension

e.     Specifications, Standards, and Other Purchase Descriptions

1.     Design vs. Performance

2.     Minimum Needs

3.     Brand Name or Equal

f.      Acquisition and Distribution of Commercial Products

g.     Contract Delivery or Performance


3.     Contracting Methods and Types of Contracts

a.     Small Purchase and Other Simplified Purchase Procedures

b.     Sealed Bidding

1.     Bid Opening

2.     Late Bids

3.     Mistakes in Bids

c.     Contract by Negotiation

d.     Source Selection Procedures

e.     Best and Final Offers

f.      The Truth in Negotiations Act

g.     Types of Contracts

1.     Fixed price

2.     Cost reimbursement

3.     Other types

h.     Special Contracting Methods


4.     Socio-Economic Programs

a.     Small Business and Small Disadvantaged Business Concerns

b.     Labor Surplus Areas Concerns

c.     Application of Labor Laws to Government Contracts

d.     Environmental regulations & restrictions; conservation & occupational safety

e.     Protection of privacy & freedom of information issues

f.      Foreign Acquisition

1.     Buy American Act

2.     Trade Agreement Act

3.     Balance of Payments program

g.     Other Socio-Economic Programs


5.     General Contracting Requirements

a.     Patents, Data and Copyrights

b.     Bonds and Insurance

c.     Taxes

d.     Cost Accounting Standards

1.     The OFPP

2.     CAS Board

e.     Contract cost principles & procedures

f.      Contract financing

1.     Progress payments

2.     Assignment of claims

3.     Prompt Payment Act

g.     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

a.     Major System Acquisition

b.     Research and Development Contracting

c.     Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts

d.     Service Contracts

e.     Federal Supply Schedule Contracting

1.     Single award schedules

2.     Multiple award schedules

f.      Management, Acquisition and Use of Information Resources; IT Procurement


7.     Contract Management

a.     Contract Administration

b.     Disallowances

c.     Contract Modifications

d.     Change Orders, Constructive Changes and Equitable Adjustments

e.     Subcontracting Policies

f.      Government Property

g.     Quality Assurance; Inspection, Acceptance and Warranties

h.     Transportation

i.      Value Engineering

j.      Termination of Contracts-Convenience and Default

k.     Extraordinary Contractual Actions

l.      Use of Government Sources by Contractors


8.     Clauses and Forms

a.     Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses

b.     Incorporation by Reference and Full Text

c.     The Numbering System

d.     The Clause Matrices

e.     Using the Forms

f.      Standard Forms

g.     Optional Forms


9.     Latest Developments

a.     The OFPP and FAR Council

b.     Pending Legislation

c.     Federal Acquisition Circulars (FAC)

d.     The Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act, Clinger Cohen Act, Service Acquisition Reform Act (SARA), and Other Procurement Reforms

Steven N Tomanelli


Mr. Steven N. Tomanelli is the owner of  Steven N. Tomanelli & Associates and is an attorney specializing in federal procurement law in the Washington DC area. Mr. Tomanelli provides legal services, training and consulting services in all aspects of federal procurement law and federal appropriations law, including:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Contract Compliance
  • Subcontracting
  • Teaming Agreements
  • Bid Protests
  • Performance Based Contracting
  • Source Selection Support
  • Commercial Item Contracting
  • Terminations
  • COTR Training

Mr. Tomanelli is a retired Air Force Judge Advocate and has held numerous high-level procurement law positions, including Chief of Acquisition and Fiscal Law for the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command and Senior DoD Counsel for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).  He has provided consulting services and legal advice in support of highly classified major system acquisitions and has a current TS/SCI security clearance.  Mr. Tomanelli was a Professor of Contract and Fiscal Law at the Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia, for three years where he provided instruction in a wide variety of procurement and fiscal law topics. In 2001, he was selected as “The Outstanding Career Judge Advocate of the Air Force.”

Mr. Tomanelli has authored over forty course books and written numerous articles for national publications on federal procurement and fiscal law.  Mr. Tomanelli has authored a comprehensive textbook titled, A Practical Guide to Federal Appropriations Law (MCI, 2003); is the Lead Editor of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Annotated FAR for Thomson-West Publishing Company; and serves on the Advisory Board of the Government Contractor (West Publishing). 


Mr. Tomanelli received his B.A. and J.D. at Hofstra University and his Master of Laws (LL.M) in Federal Procurement Law at George Washington University.  While earning his Master of Laws degree in Procurement, Mr. Tomanelli worked as an Intern at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.  
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