Five Part Webinar Series - Federal Construction 101

Federal Construction 101: What New Federal Contractors Should Know
Thursday, September 17 - Thursday, October 15, 2020 l 2:00 pm -3:30 pm 
Price: Member $395 | Non-member $595


WebEd Series Overview 

Thinking about getting into federal construction contracting?  AGC and Smith, Currie & Hancock, LLP are pleased to provide a five-session course on the basics of construction contracting with the federal government, and government entities generally. This course is intended to educate companies considering entering the federal construction contracting marketplace, as well as the less-experienced professionals in construction companies already in the federal arena about its many peculiarities and risks.  These 90-minute WebEd sessions will cover the law and practicalities of federal contracting with a view to helping construction companies learn to identify and avoid problems. 

Topics covered include:

  • How to find projects open for bids
  • Types of contracts
  • Understanding the Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • Staying in compliance during the course of construction
  • Expectations of contract officers
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Quality control and safety requirements
  • Identifying claims and giving proper notice and closing out projects.  

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Session One: The Nature and Organization of the Federal Government as an Owner
This session starts at the beginning--who is this potential federal customer? What types of construction projects do the various federal departments, agencies, and subdivisions procure and administer? What are the differences in working with them? What are their respective procurement and project management capabilities? What are their track records and tendencies in handling changes, claims, and disputes?     

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Session Two: Socioeconomic Programs, Materials Restrictions, Labor Laws, and Compliance Programs 

Federal contracting comes with a variety of socioeconomic, labor, ethics, and other requirements that contractors should be aware of as they delve into federal contracting. Some of the topics will open new doors for potential contractors, such as small business assistance programs and preferences for certain types of small businesses. Other topics will alert contractors to pitfalls for the unwary, such as Buy American Act requirements, federal paid sick leave requirements, False Claims Act violations, and cybersecurity certification requirements.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Session Three: Finding, Winning and Keeping Government Contracts

Not all federal contracts are alike, and this session addresses the different contracts types, and project delivery systems, including pricing and options. What types of project delivery systems are available, how does a contractor learn about contract opportunities? How does a contractor bid for and win them? How can the contractor fight for a job that it should have won?  Also covered will be the requirements for bonds, the Truth in Negotiations Act, and other unique things to keep in mind when contracting with the federal government.   

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Session Four: Contract Performance and Modifications

Once the contract is won and construction starts, the contractor needs to understand the contracting officer's authority and expectations; the payment process, including certified payrolls; types of delays and disruptions and recovery vs. liability for them; preserving claims and notice requirements, suspensions, defaults, and terminations.  

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Session Five: Nearing the Finish Line: Addressing and Resolving REAs and Claims 

This session takes us to the end of the project.  Requests for equitable adjustments ("REAs") and claims on federal construction projects are often unavoidable. So, understanding the process of managing, submitting and resolving REAs and claims on federal procurements becomes imperative.? Armed with such knowledge, prudent federal contractors will increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome. To this end, the Project Close Out presentation should equip government contractors with an overview of the REA and claim process, along with some helpful tips on best practices as well as potential pitfalls to avoid. 

9/17/2020 2:00 PM - 10/15/2020 3:30 PM

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