American Management Association Seminars

Fundamentals of Federal Contract Management: Grasping the Basics
Seminar No: 07041-XNBB
CEU Credits: 1.8
Length: 3 days

Who should attend

Contract managers, contract and subcontract administrators, project managers and others who want to master the skills to successfully manage federal contracts.

How you will benefit

• Enhance your efficiency through more effective contract management
• Avoid common contract pitfalls
• Identify important contractual requirements of your projects
• Successfully perform contract risk management
• Understand the differences of federal vs. commercial contracts
• Advance your development as a contracts professional

What you will cover

The Federal Map and Rules of the Road
• FAR: the Federal Acquisitions Regulation and its supplements
• FAR origin, structure and regulations
• Contract management supporting clients
• The primary principle: adopting good documentation habits
• Contract risk management

The Federal Contract Schematic
• The Federal Uniform Contract format
• Federal contract types: fixed price, cost-reimbursable, time and materials
• Provisions, clauses and forms

The Three-Prong Contract Acquisition Approach
• SAP: the Simplified Acquisition Procedure
• Sealed Bidding and FAR part 14
• Contracting by negotiation

Show Me the Money: Contract Pricing
• The concept of “price fair and reasonable” and “adequate competition”
• Cost or pricing elements
• Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and cost accounting standards
• Cost restrictions
• Debrief process and timelines
• The Squeaky Wheel Protest

Contract Start-Up
• Notice of award and notice to proceed
• Liability insurance and bonding
• Performing “at risk”
• Internal and external pre-performance meetings
• Project management and contract management: a comparison

A Taste of Contract Administration
• Contract administration at a glance
• Contract changes midstream
• Financing and payment process
• Illusive government property
• Subcontracting and flow downs
• Show cause and cure notices
• Claims and disputes
• Contract terminations

Organizational Contract Management Toolbox
• Databases and pricing tools
• Contract collaboration tools
• Lessons learned: an interactive summary

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