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Every year, since 1972, we have offered a specially conceived, advanced program in government contracting: The Masters Institute In Government Contracting. We are pleased to once again offer the Institute-completely updated for this presentation. The Institute is specifically designed for government contract professionals who are already well experienced in procurement.

The foundation of the Institute is its exceptional faculty - five professionals who are yours for five days. 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. 

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.

NOTE: The start and end times for the La Jolla, CA, and Hilton Head, SC 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
May 6-10, 2019
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
La Jolla, CA
$2045
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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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DAILY SCHEDULE
Day 1
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The Government Contracts System
Start time for La Jolla, CA; Orlando, FL; Las Vegas Sept. Gov't. Contracts Week; and Hilton Head, SC locations is 1 hour earlier.
  • How it works and how to work within it
  • Procurement and Public Management
  • Federal Acquisition Reform Act, Sec 4101-4104
  • Administrative Dispute Resolution Act of 1996
  • National Performance Review
  • Purchase Credit Card
  • Task Order Contracting
  • FAR Part 15 Rewrite
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
Past Performance Regulations & more
  • Past performance regulations
  • Labor relations debarment proposal
  • Illegal contract decision
  • "Bad faith" proof
  • Enforcement of mistaken contract
  • No responsibility for C.O.'s instruction
  • Unauthorized clause
  • Implied-in-law contracts
  • Sovereign Acts Doctrine
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Institutions that "Control" Government Contracts
  • U.S. Congress
  • Executive Office
  • GAO
  • OMB
  • OFPP
  • DOD Directive 500 Series Reforms
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Judicial Tribunals
  • ASBCA
  • COFC
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • How they reach decisions and make rules
  • How to best approach them for relief
 
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
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
Contract Formation and Source Selection 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.
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Commercial Item Acquisition
  • Background
  • The Homeland Security Act
  • The E-Government Act of 2002
  • Construction as a commercial item
  • Disputes under federal supply schedule contracts
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Contracting for Services
  • Performance-based contracting
  • FSS multiple award contracts
  • OMB's new rules for contracting
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Contract Negotiations in the New Acquisition Environment
  • FAR Part 15
  • "Reverse Auctions"
 
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 - 1:00 PM
Claims Litigation & more
  • 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

Cost Accounting Standards
  • The Statute and the Board
  • The CAS Clause
  • The Standards
  • Adjustments and disputes
  • The disclosure statement

Defective Pricing - Truth-in-Negotiations
  • Coverage: The Statute
  • Audit rights
  • The Regulations
  • Cost or pricing data
  • Adequacy of disclosure
  • Significant effect of price
  • Refusal to submit cost and pricing data
  • When certificate should be submitted
  • Subcontractors
  • Remedies
  • Offsets

Payments
  • Progress payments
  • Prompt payment discounts
  • Prompt Payment Act

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
Leads 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.

Among the services he has provided are analyses and development of contract cost accounting practices including compliance with Cost Accounting Standards, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, and Office of Management and Budget Circulars. Chris has assisted with the preparation and pricing of contract proposals, changes and claims, terminations and indirect cost submissions; and preparation of Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure Statements, including changes and related cost impact proposals. He has also led pricing and compliance reviews for Federal Supply Schedule contracts under the General Services Administration and
Department of Veterans Affairs multiple award schedule programs.

Before joining Ernst & Young, Chris held management positions in the aerospace and defense industry. He was involved in a variety of government contracting activities including the preparation and negotiation of indirect rate submissions for the purposes of forward pricing, contract billing, final indirect rate settlements and termination claims; maintenance and update of the Cost Accounting Standards Board Disclosure Statement; preparation and negotiation of advance agreementsfor specific items of cost; and preparation of contractor independent research and development (IR&D) proposals to the government’s tri-services negotiators.
Chris has a bachelor’s degree in law and economics from Cambridge University in England and a master’s degree from San Francisco University. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association, where he is an active member of the Public Contract Law Section’s Commercial Products and Cost and Pricing Committees. He speaks, teaches and writes frequently on government contract matters and has been admitted as an expert witness at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, state courts and in various mediation and alternative dispute resolution settings
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Donald Featherstun
Donald Featherstun is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and has served as the chair of that office’s Litigation Department. For more than 25 years his practice has focused on commercial litigation with an emphasis on government contract law. As a result, he has extensive trial and claims preparation experience. He has tried cases in a variety of forums including federal courts, state courts, boards of contract appeals, state administrative bodies, and private arbitrations. 

Education
J.D., Case Western Reserve University (1979) International Moot Court Team, Moot Court Board
B.A., Columbia College (1975)
Admissions
California
District of Columbia (inactive)
Affiliations
American Bar Association (Section of Public Contract Law)
National Contract Management Association

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.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla, CA 92122
8585521234
RESERVATIONS AT GROUP RATE

There is a room block for this location. Rate is $205/night plus taxes. To make a reservation, call the hotel at 800.233.1234 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Reservations must be made by April 5, 2019 and are subject to availability.

As an additional benefit, we are offering a $10 flat rate for overnight and daily self-parking at the Hyatt.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served during La Jolla Government Contracts Week, May 6-10, 2019.

RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
Please note that we have also reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate. This rate will not be published until the 2019 rates are available. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. Please call the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858-552-1234 and reference the "Federal Publications Government Room Block" to obtain this special rate. Guest rooms at the government per diem will be available until April 5, 2019 and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.
TRAVEL INFORMATION

There is a room block for this location. Rate is $205/night plus taxes. To make a reservation, call the hotel at 800.233.1234 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Reservations must be made by April 5, 2019 and are subject to availability.

As an additional benefit, we are offering a $10 flat rate for overnight and daily self-parking at the Hyatt.

Government Per Diem Rate
Please note that we have also reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem rate. 
This rate will not be published until the 2019 rates are available. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. Please call the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at 858-552-1234 and reference the "Federal Publications Government Room Block" to obtain this special rate. Guest rooms at the government per diem will be available until April 5, 2019 and are subject to availability. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served during La Jolla Government Contracts Week, May 6-10, 2019.

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, call the hotel at 702-733-3111 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 15, 2019.
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, call the hotel at 702-733-3111 and reference the Federal Publications room block. Reservations must be made by Monday, July 15, 2019.
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.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

RESERVATIONS AT GOVERNMENT PER DIEM
Guest rooms at the government per diem: This rate will not be published until the 2019 rates are available. Please note that we have reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.
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.

Per Diem Rate
Guest rooms at the government per diem: This rate will not be published until the 2019 rates are available. Please note that we have reserved a limited number of guest rooms at the government per diem. These rooms are limited to one attendee per qualifying company. You will be required to present a valid Government ID upon check-in to confirm use of the government rate.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

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