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Simplified Acquisition Refresher

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Jun 3—5
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 859
USD 286 per day
Sep 4—6
3 days
Tysons, Virginia, United States
USD 859
USD 286 per day
Oct 9—11
3 days
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
USD 859
USD 286 per day


Simplified acquisition procedures are intended to make acquisitions easier; these contracts must still meet certain requirements and comply with the rules and regulations outlined in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 13. Through this refresher course, you will reacquaint yourself with the basics of simplified acquisition procedures, including roles and responsibilities, methods and approaches, and contract administration. You will explore these issues through practical exercises based on real legal decisions as well as realistic acquisition scenarios.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss recent changes impacting simplified acquisitions
  • Explain complex issues in the area of simplified acquisitions

Course Topics

Basis for Simplified Acquisition Procedures

  • Review of Basic Definitions
  • Laws and Rules That Govern Simplified Acquisition Procedures
  • Roles and Authorities of People in Simplified Acquisitions
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Exercise: “I’m Not a Contracting Officer, but I Play One on TV.”
  • Exercise: Contract Elements

Planning for Simplified Acquisitions

  • Market Research
  • Purchase Request
  • Planning Considerations for Service Contracts
  • Small Business Preference Programs
  • Labor Considerations
  • Other Considerations
  • Exercise: Small Business Concerns

Priorities for Determining Sources

  • The Decision Process
  • Factors That Determine Whether a Required Source Must Be Used
  • GSA Advantage!
  • Other Government e-Commerce Alternatives
  • Exercises

Open Market Acquisitions

  • Policy on Using Simplified Acquisition Procedures
  • Determining the Extent of Competition Required
  • Drafting the Solicitation
  • Gathering Offers/Quotations
  • Evaluating Quotations
  • Negotiation and Selection of Awardee
  • Protests
  • Exercises

Methods of Buying and Ordering

  • Authorized Simplified Acquisition Methods
  • Governmentwide Commercial Purchase Cards
  • Blanket Purchase Agreement
  • Purchase Order
  • Standard Form 44: Purchase Order-Invoice-Voucher
  • Exercises

Contract Administration

  • Postaward Orientation
  • Appropriate Level of Follow-up
  • Receiving, Inspection, and Acceptance or Rejection
  • End User Feedback System
  • Payment
  • Modification of an Order
  • Cancellation of a Purchase Order
  • Termination for Convenience
  • Termination for Cause
  • Disputes and Appeals
  • Closeout
  • Special Procedures for Orders Placed Under GSA Schedule Contracts
  • Summary
  • Exercises

A Clash of Two Contracting Methods — A Case Study

  • Background

Who should attend

Individuals engaged in using simplified acquisition procedures to acquire products and services and who need refresher training to maintain their warrant.

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