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Contract Administration Overview

Discussion of the nature of contract administration and the roles and responsibilities of personnel involved.

Contract Interpretation

Discussion of the rules and procedures that courts and boards of contract appeals use when interpreting Federal contracts.

Risk Allocation

Discussion of the process of allocating cost, schedule, and performance risks through contractual language or dispute resolution.

The Changes Clause

Discussion of the rights of the Government and the contractor under the Changes clause.


Discussion of the allocation of schedule and cost risks in standard contract clauses caused by unanticipated performance delays.

Government Property

Discussion of the Government’s policies for providing government property, as well as the obligations of the Government and contractor when Government property is provided.

Pricing of Equitable Adjustments

Discussion of the techniques used to measure the amount of price adjustment appropriate when a contract clause requires an equitable adjustment.

Inspection and Acceptance

Discussion of the clauses and procedures used by the Government to ensure compliance with contract specifications.

Termination for Default

Discussion of the legal rules regarding the Government’s rights and obligations under standard Termination for Default clauses.

Termination for Convenience

Discussion of actual and constructive termination for convenience of the government and rules governing termination settlements.

Payment and Discharge

Discussion of the payment process, including final payment and other discharge devices.

Contract Disputes

Overview of the disputes process, controversies subject to the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) procedures for asserting claims, role of the contracting officer in the disputes process, etc.

What is Acquisition?

Discussion of the role of acquisition in the operation of the Federal Government, the variety of Federal agencies that conduct acquisition, and the major statutes and regulations that are relevant.

Contracting Authority

Discussion of how the special nature of the Federal Government as a contracting party is recognized by legal principles aimed at protecting the public from unauthorized or improper activity.

Standards of Conduct

Discussion of the standards of conduct required of those representing or dealing with the Government.

Contract Formation

Discussion of the legal principles used by the courts, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the boards of contract appeals to determine whether contract formation has occurred.

Acquisition Planning Process

Explanation of the acquisition planning process as mandated by law and implemented by regulation.

Market Research

Discussion of how to conduct effective market research to arrive at the most suitable approach to acquiring, distributing, and supporting supplies and services.

Competition Requirements

Discussion of competition requirements as they apply to different contracting methods.

Contracting Methods

Comparison of the different contracting methods available for use and how to select the appropriate method.

Describing Agency Needs

Discussion of how to describe the needs of the Government in a manner that enhances competition.

Publicizing Contract Actions

Discussion of how to effectively publicize proposed contract actions to effectuate maximum competition.

Contractor Responsibility

Discussion of how to determine whether prospective contractors and subcontractors are responsible.

Organizational Conflicts of Interest

Discussion of how to identify, evaluate, and resolve organizational conflicts of interest.

Suspension and Debarment

Discussion of the policies and procedures governing the debarment and suspension of contractors by agencies.

Source Selection Processes and Techniques

Discussion of acquisition processes and techniques that may be used to design competitive acquisition strategies suitable for the specific circumstances of the acquisition.

Evaluation Factors and Subfactors

Discussion of how to identify, define, and measure evaluation factors in a competitive acquisition.

Requests for Proposals

Discussion of how to prepare and issue effective requests for proposals (RFPs).

Proposal Preparation Instructions in Plain English

Discussion of how to write more readable proposal preparation instructions.

Communications to Facilitate Evaluation

Discussion of how to communicate with offerors to facilitate evaluation without conducting discussions.

Bulletproof Proposal Evaluation

Discussion of how to evaluate proposals in accordance with evaluation criteria and justify ratings.

Award without Discussions or Establish Competitive Range?

Discussion of what the source selection authority should consider when deciding whether to award without conducting discussions.

Conducting Discussions

Discussion of how to conduct discussions with offerors effectively in a competitive negotiation.

Bulletproof BCM

Discussion of how to effectively justify a source selection decision using the CERTAIN method.

Notifications and Debriefings

Discussion of how to effectively communicate source selection decisions and instill offeror confidence in the integrity of the source selection process.

Streamlined Procedures for Solicitation and Evaluation of Commercial Items

Discussion of how to effectively use the flexibilities of FAR part 12 to acquire commercial items.

13 Reasons Why SAP is Simpler

Discussion of how to use simplified acquisition procedures to streamline or avoid the administrative burdens of FAR part 15.

Contract Types: An Overview

High-level discussion of contract types, including definitions, policies, and criteria for choosing the appropriate type.

Fixed-Price Contracts

Discussion of general properties of fixed-price contracts and a specific focus on firm-fixed-price and fixed-price with economic price adjustment contract types.

Cost-reimbursement Contracts

Discussion of general properties of cost-reimbursement contracts and a specific focus on cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts.

Incentive Contracts

Discussion of how cost and noncost incentives can be used to motivate better contract performance.

Level-of-effort Contracts

Discussion of contracts that describe requirements in terms of a level-of-effort and how such contracts differ from “completion” contracts.

Variable Quantity Contracts

Discussion of how to structure contracts to provide for variable quantities using indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) terms, requirements terms, options, and multiyear contracting.

Seller Pricing and Cost Estimating Techniques

Discussion of the techniques used by offerors and contractors to price contracts and estimate costs.

Proposal Analysis Planning

Discussion of how to plan a proposal analysis. Specifically, choosing the analytical technique, identifying the information required for analysis, and determining the need for technical and audit assistance.

Price Analysis

Discussion of how to effectively analyze prices to determine whether a proposed price is fair and reasonable.

Cost Analysis

Discussion of how to analyze individual cost elements and profit when necessary to determine price reasonableness or cost realism.

Price Negotiation Procedures

Discussion of how to balance cost, profit/fee, and contract type in a price negotiation.

Small Business Programs

Discussion of the various small business programs and how to comply with policies requiring maximum small business participation.

Buy American/Balance of Payments/Trade Agreements

Discussion of domestic preference policies and how to plan compliant acquisitions.

Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisition

Discussion of the major labor laws that apply to Government acquisition and how contracting officers can ensure compliance.


Discussion of the protest process, including the protest venues, standing, timeliness, and effect of decisions.