Essentials of Government Contract Management

Villanova University

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Essentials of Government Contract Management is ideal for the practicing governmental professional or those aspiring to work within the government sector. Scope of the course includes federal acquisition regulations, procurement, ethics and government property.

About the course

The Essentials of Government Contract Management course helps professionals balance legal and business decision making by addressing many important subjects in the government contract management industry. This curriculum includes applying Agile methodology to contract management, laws and regulations, types of contracts, solicitation, as well as Statements of Work and ethics.

In addition, this course covers the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) process, which governs federal transactions. Government contracting is governed by multiple pieces of federal legislation. The FAR is a set of rules meant to harmonize the acquisition process. This course will help you understand the federal acquisition process, including pre-award, award, and post-award phases of acquiring a government contract.

Today’s contract manager’s role is constantly expanding to accommodate technological advances. This course helps you understand the procurement process from contract definition to contract management, including everything from requisitioning to the enforcement of contracts to copyrights and patents.

What You’ll Study


  • Agile Methodology – Government
  • Contract Management Lifecycle
  • Cost/Price Analysis
  • Negotiation Evaluation
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Proposal Evaluation

Contract Law

  • Laws & Regulation
  • Contract Changes
  • Disputes and Terminations
  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Patents and Copyrights
  • Contract Modifications

Pre-Award Phase

  • FAR
  • Acquisition System
  • Government Law and Practices
  • Requests for Proposal

Types of Contracts

  • Fixed Price Contracts
  • Cost-Reimbursement Contracts
  • Additional Contract Issues

Award Phase

  • Role of Negotiation
  • Negotiation: What Is It?
  • Basic Rules of Negotiation
  • Negotiation Nuggets
  • Rules, Regulation and Process
  • Methods of Contracting
  • Developing Criteria and Applying Standards
  • Forming the Contract
  • Debriefing

Post-Award Phase

  • Contractor Purchasing System Review
  • Changes Clause
  • Constructive Changes Part 1 & 2
  • Value Engineering Changes and Other Concepts
  • Post-Award Phase: Invoicing and Payment
  • Claims
  • The Disputes Act
  • Terminations for Default
  • Terminations for Convenience
  • Contract Closeout


8 Week Course

Introduction to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) System

  • Describe the foundations of FAR system
  • Identify key terms related to FAR
  • Explain how the FAR functions

Acquisition Planning

  • Describe market research and acquisition planning
  • Explain solicitation requirements
  • Define agile methods

Contracting Methods & Contract Types

  • Describe various contracting methods
  • Interpret contractual provisions, rules, and types
  • Explain the factors surrounding contract type selection

Socioeconomic Programs & Audits

  • Describe the socioeconomic programs
  • Explain the government’s small business programs, policies and practices
  • Explain the audit process in contracting

General Contracting Requirements & Cost/Price Estimating

  • Describe various methods of cost estimating
  • Define types of costs
  • Explain the parts of a cost estimate

Protests, Disputes, and Appeals

  • Describe the protest process
  • Explain how to handle contract disputes
  • Discuss the appeals process

Special Categories of Contracting and Negotiating

  • Describe construction and architecture-engineer contracts
  • Explain the important of contract negotiations
  • Discuss the importance of long-term business relationships

Contract Administration

  • Discuss contract administration process
  • Discuss contract termination, inspection and acceptance
  • Explain the difference between termination for default and termination for convenience

Essentials of Government Contract Management at Villanova University

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