Management Concepts

Acquisition Law

Available dates

Jan 27—31, 2020
5 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1179
USD 235 per day
Mar 30—Apr 3, 2020
5 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1179
USD 235 per day
Jun 8—12, 2020
5 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 1179
USD 235 per day
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About the course

Members of the contracting community must understand how to navigate contract law to be effective on the job. You will learn to identify and avoid legal problems, especially pertaining to laws and regulations relating to ethics, data rights, fiscal law, protests, and contract management. You will analyze actual court decisions, discuss how judicial decisions impact the acquisition process, and leave class with best practices you can implement on the job.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and decisional authorities applicable to governmental acquisitions
  • Describe the process for instituting a claim against the government
  • Describe the congressionally mandated preference for describing agency needs and source selection
  • Recognize statutory, regulatory, and decisional authorities applicable to government acquisitions
  • Identify the reasons for statutory and regulatory restrictions on conduct of government personnel
  • Describe the administrative, civil, criminal, and contractual remedies available to the government in light of contractor misconduct
  • Describe what the government options are when reviewing data rights issues
  • Identify the purpose of contract modifications
  • Determine whether use of termination for convenience or default of the government is appropriate in a given situation
  • Identify the statutory, regulatory, and decisional restrictions applicable to the expenditure of appropriated funds

Course Topics

Foundations of Law

  • Statutory Law
  • Law of Contracts
  • Law of Agency
  • Authority to Contract
  • Rules of Contract Interpretation
  • The Adjudication System


  • Characteristics of Government Acquisition
  • Standards of Ethical Conduct
  • Ethics Laws and Regulations
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Restrictions on Obtaining and Disclosing Certain Information
  • Penalties and Remedies

Intellectual Property and Data Rights

  • Types of Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Data Rights—Policy and Regulations
  • License Determination
  • IP Principles for Acquisition

Fiscal Law

  • Limitations Based on Purpose, Time, and Amount
  • Types of Appropriations
  • Major Appropriation Categories
  • Necessary Expense Doctrine
  • Bona Fide Needs Rule
  • The Antideficiency Act


  • Competition in Contracting Act
  • Full and Open Competition
  • Protest Procedures
  • Remedies
  • Fiscal Law Considerations
  • Disputes Appeal Process
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Contract Changes

  • Modifications in Common Law vs. Federal Acquisition Law
  • Contract Changes—In Scope and Out of Scope
  • Constructive Changes
  • Equitable Adjustment
  • Inspection
  • Terminations for Default
  • Terminations for Convenience

Who should attend

Contracting personnel who require an elective to complete their Level III certification training requirements or other acquisition personnel who wish to gain and appreciation for how government contract law and judicial decisions impact the acquisition process.

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