National Education Seminar

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Program Date and Time

Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM (Registration, Networking, and Breakfast Start at 8:00AM)

Program Location

Holiday Inn Chantilly-Dulles Expo, 4335 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia 20151.

Program Description

CCDT_CoverContract changes are inevitable and must be anticipated and properly managed. Contract Changes, Disputes, and Terminations—Mastering the Fundamentals is a one-day National Education Seminar (NES) designed to provide the information you need to handle any and all ambiguities, differences of opinion, or potential and real conflicts between the parties. These can arise by verbal discussion, letter, the proposal, the basic contract, or any of its subsequent modifications. They can involve everything from the interpretation of the statement of work to the minutes of a meeting. Changes can also come from various sources—some with the authority to make them and sometimes not. They can also impact the success of your contract as well as the relationship between the parties.

This seminar will equip you to understand the following:

  • What constitutes a change,
  • How changes arise,
  • Who is authorized to issue and respond to changes and how to respond,
  • The various actions to be taken to successfully incorporate changes both parties agree to, including the next steps when agreement is not forthcoming; and
  • Knowing when and how to expect contract changes, as well as disagreement.

Avoiding escalation of those issues, along with working through them when (not if) they occur, is vital to success or failure of your program as well as organization. At the end of this one-day seminar, you will be confident in protecting you and your organization from surprises that can derail your program’s success.

Anyone involved in the acquisition process will benefit from the content covered: managers, directors, financial analysts, engineers, technical managers, auditors, reviewers, quality inspectors, business development employees, and senior leaders and executives, among others. The learning provided will help not only those with only a rudimentary understanding of government contracting, but those with mid- or even senior-level experience as well.

To work within this field, there is no more valuable way to invest seven hours than gaining a deep understanding of the changes, disputes, and termination process within government contracting.

Course Outline

  • Purpose and Coverage of the Changes Clause
  • Formal Change Orders
  • Procedures for Ordering Changes
  • Value Engineering Change Proposals
  • Constructive Changes
  • Contractual Notice Requirements
  • Coverage of Disputes Process
  • Assertion of Claims
  • Contracting Officer’s Role
  • Litigation of Disputes Act Claims
 Termination for Convenience
  • Background
  • The Right to Terminate
  • Constructive Termination
  • Termination Settlements
 Termination for Default
  • Consequences of Default Termination
  • Right to Terminate
  • The Termination Decision
  • Termination Procedures
  • Excess Costs of Reprocurement
  • Liquidated Damages

About Our Speaker

Michelle CurrierMs. Michelle M. Currier, a Professor at Defense Acquisition University (DAU), was recognized by the University with the Distinguished Teacher Award in October 2012. The academic community bestows the Distinguished Teacher Award to recognize faculty members who demonstrate teaching mastery through classroom performance and enhancing student outcomes. Ms. Currier serves as a Professor of Contract Management at DAU Middle Atlantic Region. Ms. Currier brings a wealth of real world experience to the classroom from her 35-year career, having served with distinction as a Contracting Officer, Division Chief, and Director of Contracts at the Naval Research Laboratory, Military Sealift Command, Small Business Administration, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Army Contracting Command.

Ms. Currier is a Past National President of the NCMA (2001–2002) and currently serves on the NCMA National Board of Advisors. Ms. Currier has received numerous NCMA awards including the Alvis D. Keen Honorary Life Member Award, Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, NCMA National Achievement awards, the NCMA Education Award and Lifetime CFCM and CPCM certifications. Ms. Currier was recognized by Inside Business as one of the Top 25 Women in Business.

Program Cost

Early bird price of $275 (NCMA member); $300 (non-NCMA member) per person until March 25, 2016; Regular price of $300 (NCMA member); $325 (non-NCMA member) per person after March 25, 2016.

Group discount of $25 per person when registering 5 or more people at the same time! Use promo code GROUPNES when registering.

Every NES participant will receive a copy of Contract Changes, Disputes, and Terminations–Mastering the Fundamentals and its accompanying workbook.

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Register by clicking below. Registration closes Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

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