National Education Seminar

Join us for NCMA’s newest NES on November 18th. Sign up today!

Program Date and Time

Friday, November 18, 2016 8:30AM – 4:30PM. Breakfast and networking starts at 7:30AM. Lunch is also included in the price!

Program Location

UNICOM Technology Park Conference Center, 15000 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151.

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Program Description

FAR Essentials is a one-day National Education Seminar (NES) that presents the essential topics from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)—the source of the uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all U.S. federal government agencies. This seminar will explore in-depth the 28 essential topics of the FAR to be mastered by government and industry contract management professionals.

These essential topics are organized under the following major headings:

  • General
  • Acquisition Planning
  • Contracting Methods and Types
  • Socio-Economic Programs
  • General Contracting Requirements
  • 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-essentialsEvery attendee will receive a copy of the Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials.

Selected Topics Covered

  • 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

Earn 7 hours of Continuing Professional Eduction (CPE) credits and register today!

About The Speaker

Jim KirlinJim Kirlin, CPCM, CFCM, Fellow, has 30 years of contracts and supply chain experience in government and industry and holds 17 professional certifications. He has been honored with the NCMA Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, the NCMA National Achievement Award, and the NCMA Education Award (twice). Kirlin has served on the NCMA Board of Directors and as chair of the policy committee. He has presented at NCMA’s World Congress six times and at numerous National Education Seminars and chapter meetings. He is a frequent contributor to Contract Management Magazine, one of the authors of Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials, and author of Subcontract Management from A to Z. In 2015 he was awarded NCMA’s Alvis D. Keen Honorary Life Member Award.

Program Cost

Early bird price of $275 (NCMA member); $300 (non-NCMA member) per person until October 31, 2016; Regular price of $300 (NCMA member); $325 (non-NCMA member) per person after October 31, 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 the Desktop Guide to FAR Essentials.

Our event cancellation policy is here and our inclement weather policy is here.

Register by clicking below. Registration closes Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

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