Contract Formation in the FAR

Georgia Tech Professional Education

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Georgia Tech Professional Education


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Who should attend

This course is designed for new hires and career professionals in the federal acquisition field, including contracting officers, contract specialists, contracting officer representatives, program and project managers, small business specialists, and industry contracting personnel. This course is Defense Acquisition University equivalent, and satisfies both the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) requirements.

About the course

This course is the third of four modules in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Fundamentals course series. It is a limited lecture and exercised-based curriculum that teaches you to correctly apply the relevant rules of FAR Parts 13, 14, and 15 (and corresponding parts of agency FAR supplements) to make appropriate contracting decisions. You’ll learn how to correctly execute the source selection process and assemble a binding contract. If you are interested in taking all four courses (CON 090-1, CON 090-2, CON 090-3, and CON 090-4) as one bundled course offering, please contact the course administrator.

What You Will Learn

  • Types of contract actions
  • Simplified acquisition procedures
  • Sealed bidding procedures
  • Contract negotiations and procedures
  • Contract pricing considerations
  • Contractor qualification requirements
  • Bid and award protests

How You Will Benefit

  • Identify the policies and procedures for processing simplified acquisitions.
  • Discover the policies and procedures pertaining to sealed bidding, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) administration, the acquisition of supplies and services through special contracting methods, and debriefings.
  • Learn the policies and procedures governing competitive and noncompetitive negotiated acquisitions.
  • Identify the contract pricing policies and procedures for pricing negotiated contracts and contract modifications.
  • Understand contract cost principles and procedures.
  • Gain an understanding of acquisition flexibilities that are available for emergency acquisitions.

Course Content


  • Essential elements of a contract
  • Different types of contractual authority
  • Uniform Contract Format (UCF)
  • Contract line item numbering


  • Incorporation of solicitation provisions and contract clauses
  • Appropriate response to inquiries from potential offerors
  • Amendments to solicitations


  • Policies and procedures for evaluating bids
  • Policies and procedures for evaluating competitive proposals
  • Exchanges with offerors after proposal submission


  • Responsibility of prospective contractors
  • Contract pricing policies
  • Notifications of award and debriefings
  • Publicizing contract awards


  • Steps required to be taken
  • Response time requirements


  • Simplified acquisition methods
  • Difference between quotations and offers
  • Solicitation, evaluation, and award of simplified acquisitions


Alexis Kirksey

Alexis Kirksey is the Program Manager for The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech, operating within the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. Her expertise includes providing consultation to government and industry in all aspects of government contracting, i...

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