Contracting Principles for CORs & Program/Project Managers

Government Contract Law (For non-Lawyers)

     Contract Principles – Tom Straub, Instructor

  • I would say SUPER excellent presentation skills.
  • This course is about both Knowledge AND experience. (Commerce)
  • I was able to retain much of what the instructor was teaching because of his delivery style. Instructor had endless knowledge on contracting. The instructor’s passion for and interest in teaching contracting was refreshing and appreciated. (Interior)
  • Kept class engaged. Very good presentation skills. Expert in the subject. Readily answered question with appropriate references. Excellent course, highly recommended. Tom Straub did an excellent job on this course. One of the best instructors I’ve had recently. (NOAA)
  • Very easy to understand. Takes his time. Knows a bunch! (SSA)


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 training workshop is recommended for 24 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 the OMB Policy Letter.

About This Course

Understanding government contract law is the lynchpin to being an effective contract and program management professional. This course will help you avoid the most common legal mistakes and facilitate compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Without this understanding you expose yourself and your organization to possible legal entanglements.

The Government Contract Law Workshop takes you through the purpose, interpretation, applicability, legal and administrative ramifications of the clauses, statutes, executive orders and regulations applicable to Government prime contracts and subcontracts. In addition to learning the law, the instructor will use case studies and numerous practical examples to provide "real world" context to the course.

You'll get a primer in "preventive" contract law to help you avoid legal problems and to handle them swiftly and effectively if they do arise. The major decisions of the Boards of Contract Appeals, the Comptroller General, and the Courts are examined. The rights and responsibilities of the Government and the prime contractor and the specific problems of the prime and subcontractor relationship are explained. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and its relationship to the current agency regulations will be covered in detail.

Student Evaluations of this instructor and training class:

  • Very thorough and knowledgeable
  • Great !
  • Excellent, knowledgeable instructor
  • Would recommend to others
  • Instructor made the group feel comfortable
  • Thank you for the man example scenarios you provided
  • Thank you !
  • Thanks ! I really learned a lot.
  • Best instructor I've had so far
  • "Fastastio" job
  • The instructor was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the course material. Engaged class participation and provided excellent information and review. A pleasure to take this class!

We have also completed the following handbooks directed at the above business sector. These include:

Please click on book image for details:

Performance-Based Contracting Performance-Based Contracting Managing Teleworkers Small Business Contracting
Performance-Based Contracting Managing Cost
Reimbursable Contracts
Managing Teleworkers Small Business Contracting

GTI’s DUNS number is 832316512, and the Tax ID is 27-0799412.

Recent Course Attendees

  • MMS
  • JB Management, Inc.
  • US Coast Guard
  • US Marshals Service
  • HHS
  • ITT Corp
  • DOE
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Dept of Commerce

Learning Objectives

  • Use the law and regulations to positively affect contract performance
  • Minimize the time it takes to complete legal review
  • Know what you can and can't do
  • Protect your interests with key legal precedents
  • Reduce the potential for claims & disputes upfront
  • Avoid other legal entanglements

Syllabus: Government Contract Law

  • Government Contract Statutes
  • Internet Resources
Contract Formation
  • FAR Part 15 – Contracting by Negotiation
  • FAR Part 16 -- Types of Contracts
  • FAR Part 12 – Acquisitions of Commercial Items
  • Organizational Conflicts of Interest
  • Suspension-Debarment
  • Technical Data and Computer Software Rights
  • Set-Asides (8(a), small business, woman-owned, etc.)
Contract Administration
  • FAR 42.3 contract administration duties
  • Interpretation / Authority
  • Inspection / Acceptance
  • Warranties
  • Changes
  • Limitation of Funds / Limitation of Appropriations
  • Payment / Progress Payments / Performance Based Payments
  • Taxes
  • Contract Terminations
  • Cost Principles / Cost Accounting Standards
  • Freedom of Information Act - Buy American Act / Trade Agreements Act
  • Novations
Socioeconomic Policies and Obligations
  • Affirmative Action Obligations
    • Minorities
    • Veterans
    • Exemptions
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Policy
  • Small Business Plans
  • Service Contract Act
  • Davis Bacon Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act Exemptions
Compliance Requirements and Obligations
  • Procurement Integrity
    • Contract Fraud
    • Gratuities / Kickbacks
    • Qui Tam Actions
Contract Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • GAO Protests
  • Claims under the Contracts Disputes Act
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Take Aways

  • Case Studies
  • Checklists
  • Most common legal mistakes to avoid

Student Evaluations

Wealth of information. Insightful. Good information received. Excellent depth of topic and practical examples.

Excellent presentation and very knowledgeable. Very good. Outstanding. Good- conversational- engaged the attendees. Brought out many thought provoking topics.

This is not an easy course to make interesting… but Steve did it. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the experience.

Course Schedule

  • Registration begins at 8:00 am
  • Class begins at 8:30am
  • Class ends at 4:30pm
  • There are several 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day.
  • Lunch generally begins at 12:00pm and lasts approximately 1 hour