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DAU: CON 090 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals

DAU: CON 090 Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals

Course Overview

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals course is a four week, on-ground, foundational course that provides total immersion into the Federal Acquisition Regulation (Parts 1-53) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS).

The course will prepare the 21st century acquisition workforce to operate successfully in a web enabled environment. CON 090 is a limited lecture, research-intensive, exercised-based curriculum. Participants will analyze contracting business scenarios developed through research of the FAR and its supplement DFARS.

The course is presented in four modules:

  • Contracting Overview using the FAR and DFARS
  • Contract Acquisition Planning
  • Contract Formation
  • Contract Management/Administration

Students are expected to become familiar with FAR Parts 1-53. Students will be quizzed daily on FAR part knowledge, lecture/lesson content, and homework. Students should be prepared to dedicate 2-3 hours per evening for homework. Classroom laptop computers will be provided for each student.

Cost

$1,800 per student

Note: Minimum of 15 students per class

Prerequisites

N/A

Course Objectives

1. Using Web-based resources, locate, cite, interpret, and determine the applicability of policies and procedures in the FAR, DFARS, DFARS PGI, and DoD class deviations.

  • Identify basic background information pertaining to the FAR.
  • Identify the organization and arrangement of the FAR.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.
  • Memorize the titles and corresponding part numbers for FAR parts 1-53.
  • Identify the organization and arrangement of the DFARS and DFARS PGI.
  • Identify the general policy for authorizing deviations from the FAR and DFARS.
  • Given a contracting scenario, determine which acquisition rules are applicable to DoD acquisitions.
  • Apply the conventions for interpreting the FAR.

2. Using Web-based resources, determine the requirements of the acquisition planning process as mandated by law and implemented by regulation

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for developing acquisition plans.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policy for the acquisition of commercial and nondevelopmental items.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for conducting market research.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

3. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for acquisitions from required and preferred sources of supplies and services

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for acquisitions from required sources of supplies and services.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for interagency acquisitions.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies for small business programs.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

4. Using Web-based resources, determine the competition requirements for a given acquisition.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policy for full and open competition.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policy and procedures for providing for full and open competition after excluding one or more sources.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies, procedures, and statutory authorities for contracting without providing for full and open competition.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

5. Using Web-based resources, determine a permissible method of contracting for a given acquisition.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the conditions under which sealed bidding is required.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the conditions under which contracting by negotiation is authorized.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the conditions under which the use of simplified acquisition procedures is authorized.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the conditions under which other contracting methods (i.e., broad agency announcement and architect-engineer selection procedures) are authorized.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

6. Using Web-based resources, describe the types of contracts that may be used in acquisitions

  • Distinguish words and terms used to describe pricing arrangements from words and terms used to describe delivery/quantity arrangements.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the basic policies for selecting contract types.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the properties of fixed-price contracts.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the properties of cost-reimbursement contracts.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the properties of incentive contracts.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the properties of level-of-effort contracts.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the properties of variable quantity contracts.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

7. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for describing agency needs.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the general policies for describing agency needs. Identify the order of precedence for requirements documents.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for the use of performance-based acquisition methods.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

8. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for publicizing contract opportunities.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for the dissemination of information.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for synopses of proposed contract actions.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

9.Using Web-based resources, determine the applicability of socioeconomic programs to a given acquisition.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the applicability of labor laws to a given acquisition.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the applicability of domestic preference policies to a given acquisition.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

10. Identify the legal principles used by courts and boards of contract appeals to determine whether the Government has entered into a relationship involving one or more enforceable promises.

  • Identify the essential elements of a contract.
  • Identify the different types of contractual authority.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

11. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for soliciting offers.

  • Identify the parts and sections of the uniform contract format.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for assigning contract line item numbers.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine whether a given solicitation provision or contract clause should be incorporated into a given solicitation.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the appropriate response to inquiries from potential offerors for a given solicitation.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for the amendment of solicitations.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for the submission of offers.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

12. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for evaluating bids.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the procedures concerning the submission of bids.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the requirements for opening and evaluating bids.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

13. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for evaluating competitive proposals and having exchanges with offerors after receipt of proposals.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for evaluating competitive proposals.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for having exchanges with offerors after the receipt of proposals.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

14. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for making contract awards.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the general standards for determining the responsibility of prospective contractors.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policy for contract pricing.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for making notifications of award.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for conducting debriefings.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for publicizing contract awards.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

15. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for protests.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for bid protests.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for size status protests.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

16.Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for the use of simplified acquisition procedures.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the difference between quotations and offers.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for solicitation, evaluation, and award of simplified acquisitions.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the various simplified acquisition methods and the circumstances permitting their use.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

17.Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for the initiation of work.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for assigning and performing contract administration.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for the postaward orientation of contractors.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

18.Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for managing contractor performance.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for performing production surveillance.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for handling performance delays.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for ordering suspensions of work and work stoppages.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for consent to subcontracts and advance notification of subcontracts.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for contractors’ management and use of Government property.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures to ensure that supplies and services acquired under Government contract conform to the contract's quality and quantity requirements.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and responsibilities for recording and maintaining contractor performance information.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

19. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for preparing and processing contract modifications.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policy for contract modifications.
  • Identify the different types of contract modifications.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policy for handling constructive changes.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for change orders.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

20. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for payment.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the difference between a delivery payment and a contract financing payment.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the different types of contract financing payments.
  • Using Web-based resources, interpret the applicable payment clause.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for determining the allowability of costs.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the potential consequences of making untimely payments.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

21. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for processing contract disputes and appeals.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the steps in the disputes process.
  • Using Web-based resources and a contracting scenario, determine if a contractor’s communication is a claim.
  • Using Web-based resources and a contracting scenario, determine if a contracting officer’s decision is compliant with regulation.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

22. Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for terminating and closing out Government contracts.

  • Using Web-based resources, determine the principles for terminating contracts for the convenience of the Government.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the principles for terminating contracts for default or cause.
  • Using Web-based resources, determine the policies and procedures for closing out contract files.
  • Using Web-based resources, find information contained in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/class deviations.
  • Using Web-based resources, provide a citation to the part, subpart, section, subsection, or paragraph level in the FAR/DFARS/DFARS PGI/Class Deviations to support a position.

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