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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

11101 Johns Hopkins Road

South Campus, Bldg 200

Laurel, MD 20723

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What must you absolutely know in order to thrive as a government contractor or government contracting professional? Our contracting experts have singled out the most essential aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and designed a one-day National Education Seminar that helps participants understand the complexities and relationships within each topic. The seminar covers 28 essential topics such as data rights, competition, small business policy, warranties, and much more. Attendees will have many opportunities during the seminar to relate these essential topics to their own work experience. Each participant will receive a copy of the Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials, an invaluable research tool for use during the seminar and on the job and will earn 7 CPE hours.

These essential topics are organized under the following major headings:

  • General,
  • Acquisition Planning,
  • Contracting Methods and Types,
  • Socio-Economic Programs,
  • General Contracting Requirements, and
  • Contract Management.

At the completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key players (roles) in the acquisition system;
  • Make appropriate decisions based on relevant dollar thresholds throughout the FAR;
  • Navigate the acquisition planning process, including publicizing contract actions and determining responsible contractors;
  • Recognize full and open competition requirements (by FAR part);
  • Select contract types;
  • Determine the best Contracting methods;
  • Determine whether to use FAR Part 12 for an acquisition;
  • Determine whether to use FAR Part 13;
  • Implement socioeconomic programs, including small business programs, labor laws, and environmental programs;
  • Allocate costs based on accounting principles;
  • Evaluate acceptable forms of payments for contract financing;
  • Assign, allocate, and protect data rights;
  • Follow appropriate procedures for filing and handling disputes and protests;
  • Manage contracts after award; and
  • Assess and remedy subcontract management issues


  • FAR System
  • Dollar Thresholds
  • Title of Procurement Acts
  • Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of Interest
  • Administrative Matters

Acquisition Planning

  • Publicizing Contract Actions
  • Competition Requirements
  • Acquisition Planning
  • Contractor Qualifications

Contracting Methods and Types

  • Acquisition of Commercial Items
  • Simplified Acquisition Procedures
  • Sealed Bidding
  • Contracting by Negotiation
  • Types of Contracts

Socioeconomic Programs

  • Small Business Programs
  • Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisition
  • Environment

General Contracting Requirements

  • Patents, Data Rights and Copyrights
  • Cost Accounting Standards Administration
  • Contract Cost Principles and Procedures
  • Contract Financing
  • Protests, Disputes, and Appeals

Contract Management

  • Contract Administration and Audit Services
  • Contract Modifications
  • Subcontracting Policies and Procedures
  • Government Property
  • Quality Assurance
  • Termination of Contracts

When: March 9, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Check-in and breakfast begins at 7:30 am)

Where: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, South Campus
11101 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Cost: $300 for NCMA Members; $350 for Non-members

Breakfast, Lunch & Snack will be provided.

$250 / $300 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL through January 15, 2017!

Registration closes February 15, 2018.

We hope you can join us.


NCMA Free State Chapter

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Laurel, MD 20723

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