Basic Contract Administration

This course is available for On-Site Training only. We will bring this course to your agency or company.
Contact Don Dickson, On-Site Training Manager at (301) 455-5633 or


This class counts toward the FAC-COTR or FAC-P/PM Certification.

This training workshop is recommended for 32 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) toward DAWIA, FAC-C and FAC-P/PM requirements. For information on fulfilling core, elective and continuous learning requirements, Click here to view OMB Policy Letter.

Course Description

BASIC CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION: The critical area for the success of any Government contract is the contractor's performance. Most attempts to define, in advance, a portfolio of evaluation techniques and duties which reflect the purchase have been few and far between. This four-day course seeks to "close the gaps" in doing a stronger job of ensuring the agency gets what it is paying for from its vendors and suppliers. Particular emphasis is paid to planning and carrying it out to increase evaluation capabilities. Special attention will be placed on early-warning skills for performance concerns. This class counts toward the FAC-COTR or FAC-P/PM Certification.

Major topics help participants

  • Strengthen communication ability/relationship building among program, user and procurement personnel as well as among the contractor counterparts
  • Heighten awareness of COTR & TM influence boundaries
  • Know the what and how of contractor evaluation principles and techniques
  • Heighten awareness of technical personnel's influence in changes, dealing with inadequate contractor performance, & handling ethical concerns
  • Transfer Lessons Learned to other contracts

Partial List of Take Aways

  • Checklists to ensure strong Requirements Descriptions for New Buys and Task Orders
  • Six ‘fail safe’ ways to establish and sustain stakeholder relationships
  • Best practices in documenting performance
  • How to identify and resolve problems sooner
  • What you need to know in order to make a case to terminate the contract
  • When changes are appropriate-and when they are not
  • Practical ethical dos & don’ts in everyday contractor interaction

Example Attendees Include

  • Program/Project Management Personnel
  • Contracting Officers
  • CORs and COTRs
  • Procurement Specialists/Analysts
  • Financial Managers