Who should attend
The intended audience consists of contracting personnel of all levels. This course is intended to extend the reach of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) philosophy throughout the acquisition work force.
About the course
Today’s fast-paced contracting environment requires contracting officers to have the ability to work in and around the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to provide innovative solutions to acquisition requirements. This course will enable participants to understand the use of long-recognized, but under-utilized strategies described in the FAR as well new strategies currently being used by federal agencies. Participants will leave this course with the confidence and competence to successfully use the flexibility provided in FAR 1.02-4 to apply good judgment to make the best business decisions to support customers.
- Describe the flexibilities inherent in the Federal Acquisition Regulation as described in FAR subpart 1.1
- Distinguish between innovation techniques and best practices permitted by the FAR that can be used to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of procurements
- Create a strategy to apply innovation techniques, as appropriate, for a procurement
FAR Inherent Flexibilities
- FAR Overview
- Guiding Principles for the Federal Acquisition System
- Exercise: Is It Required?
- Common Misconceptions
- Solicitation Techniques
- Award Techniques
- Innovation Alternative Authorities
Planning Innovative Techniques
- Exercise: Ruggedizing a Commercial Product
- Exercise: One Contract to Four Contracts, Many Offerors
- Exercise: Critical Support Contractor
- Exercise: Taking it to the Cloud
- Exercise: Astronaut Food Tracking
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