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An accelerated, comprehensive two day course on the practical, legal, accounting, and management systems implications in the use of various contract types.

The United States Government has a great deal of flexibility to acquire services, supplies, and construction by using a variety of contract types.  Each contract type allocates differing degrees of risks assumed by both the contractor and Government for costs and performance of the work, as well as the financial or other incentives that a contractor is able to achieve through successful performance of the work. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) itself states that the objective of any negotiation of contract type is to select a contact vehicle and price/estimated cost and fee that will result in a reasonable contractor risk and provide the contractor with the greatest incentive for efficient and economical performance.

This course is designed for both new and experienced contract professionals. For new Government officials and contractor employees, it explains the different contract types under FAR Part 16 and their uses. For experienced personnel, it is a refresher and an update examining the various contract types and the new, innovative types of contracts in use. It includes an analysis of the financial and other risks inherent in contracting and the role of risk management in fixed-price, cost-reimbursement contracting, and incentive-type contracts, cost principles, as well as other cost accounting and revenue recognition issues faced by contractors under different types of contract vehicles. In fact, risk considerations are the primary drivers behind renewed Congressional interest in moving toward fixed-price contracts.

This course is different from others in that it does more than just explain the differences between the types of contracts permitted by FAR Part 16. Its purpose is to outline the practical, legal, accounting, and management systems implications in the use of each type of contract. Its end objective is to provide both new and experienced employees with a greater understanding of contract implications so that they may better administer and manage their own contracts.

An exceptional faculty with extensive teaching, legal, accounting, and management experience will facilitate the course.

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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
9:00-10:00 am Procurement Methods
  • Simplified Acquisition Procedures
  • Sealed Bidding
  • Contracting by Negotiation
  • Acquisition of Commercial Items
  • Performance-Based Contracts
  • Special Contracting Methods
10:00-11:00 am Contract Types - Description, Application, Management Burdens, Limitations, and Clauses
  • Selecting Contract Types
    • Assessing Contract Risk
    • Sharing Contract Risk
11:00-11:15 am Break

11:15-12:15 pm Contract Types - Description, Application, Management Burdens, Limitations, and Clauses
  • Fixed Price Contracts
    • Firm-fixed-price contracts
    • Fixed-price contracts with economic price adjustment
    • Fixed-price incentive contracts
    • Fixed-price contracts with award fees
12:15-1:15 pm Lunch Break

1:15-2:15 pm Contract Types - Description, Application, Management Burdens, Limitations, and Clauses
  • Fixed Price Contracts
    • Fixed-price contracts with prospective price re-determination
    • Fixed-price contracts with retroactive price re-determination
    • Firm-fixed-price, level-of-effort term contracts
2:15-2:30 pm Break

2:30-4:00pm Contract Types - Description, Application, Management Burdens, Limitations, and Clauses
  • Cost Reimbursement Contracts
    • Cost contracts
    • Cost-Sharing Contracts
    • Cost plus-inventive-fee contracts
    • Cost-plus-award-fee contracts
    • Cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts

9:00-10:45 am Contract Types - Description, Application, Management Burdens, Limitations, and Clauses
  • Indefinite Deliver Contracts
    • Definite-quantity contracts
    • Requirements contracts
    • Indefinite-quantity contracts
    • Ordering
  • Other Contracts Types
    • Time-and-Materials Contracts
    • Labor-hour contracts
    • Letter contracts
10:45-11:00 am Break

11:00-12:00 pm Contract Types - Description, Application, Management Burdens, Limitations, and Clauses
  • Agreements
    • Basic Agreements
    • Basic Ordering Agreements
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm Financial and Accounting Considerations for Different Contract Types
  • Pricing and Cost Estimating
    • Truth in Negotiations Act
    • Submission of Cost or Pricing Data
    • Defective Pricing
  • Indirect Rates
    • Forward Pricing Rates
    • Provisional Billing Rates
    • Revenue Booking Rates
    • Actual Rates
    • Quick Close-Out Rates
2:00-2:15 pm Break

2:15-4:00 pm Financial and Accounting Considerations for Different Contract Types
  • Billing Methods and Revenue Recognition
    • Milestone Billings
    • End Item Billings
    • Cost Vouchers
    • Progress Payments
    • Advance Payments
    • Liquidation Issues
    • Percentage of Completion, Cost-to-Cost Method
    • Commercial Payment Schedule
  • Government Audit Rights
    • Pre-Award Audits
    • Post Award Audits
    • Incurred Cost Submissions
    • System Reviews
  • Contract Close-Out Issues
    • Quick Close-Out Procedures
    • Contract Retentions and Holdbacks
    • Final Billing and Payment
    • Document/Records Retention

Brian A. Darst is an attorney with the firm of Odin, Feldman & Pittleman in Fairfax, Virginia, and holds the position of Counsel. He 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, procurement fraud investigations, various suspension and debarment proceedings, matters related to Small Business Administration, and other issues involving the award and administration of federal and state government contracts. Mr. Darst has represented clients in various matters before the Government Accountability Office, the Postal Service, Armed Services, and General Services Administration Boards of Contract Appeals, the Court of Federal Claims, the Small Business Office of Hearing and Appeals, and various agency-level proceedings. Mr. Darst's practice includes assisting clients with matters related to the sale and acquisition of firms involved in Government contracting, software licensing issues, other corporate governance matters, and civil litigation in Virginia and District of Columbia.


Mr. Darst is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Court of Federal Claims, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of West Virginia.


Mr. Darst earned his B.A. from Marshall University and a J.D. from West Virginia University. After graduating from law school, Mr. Darst worked as an attorney with the United States Navy's Office of General Counsel and represented the Navy in matters involving the acquisition and administration of service and supply contracts for the Naval Sea Systems Command.



Certificates of Completion are provided to all seminar participants who attend Federal Publications Seminars courses following the event, upon request.
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.
Federal Publications Seminars is part of West Professional Development, which is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:
This Program is eligible for: 13.0 (CPE) hours of credit
Program Level: Basic
Program Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None
Method: Group-Live
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.
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (CLP) hours of credit
States have widely varying regulations regarding MCLE credit. LegalEdcenter is an approved provider in AL, AK, AR, CA, GA, IL, ME, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WV. Credit may be applied for in other jurisdictions on request and in accordance with state MCLE rules.
** 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.
This Program is eligible for: 11.0 (60 minutes), 13.0 (50 minutes)
Basic or fundamental subject matter is covered. Courses are geared to general knowledge or can be taken as a refresher.
Specific topics or issues within a topic area are covered. Students should be familiar with terms of art and general concepts concerning the course topic.
Workshops and class discussions cover specific subject matter in-depth, and participation is strongly encouraged. Attendees should have at least 2-3 years' experience in the area of study.
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