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Government Contract Law (603)
Credits: 3


This course provides non-lawyers with a solid legal footing for negotiation, analysis and implementation of the terms and conditions of government prime contracts and subcontracts. We emphasize "preventive" contract law rather than the disputes and appeal process and other legal remedies, although these are also adequately covered.

The course deals with the purpose, interpretation, applicability, legal and administrative ramifications of laws, regulations and executive orders pertinent to prime contracts and subcontracts. 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 implementing regulations are covered in detail.

Subjects covered include:
Introduction to Government Contract Law and Organization of the Federal Government Labor, Social, Economic and Environmental Issues
Ethics, Standards of Conduct and Whistleblowing Fraud and Government Remedies When Defrauded
Essential Elements of a Contract Inspection, Acceptance and Warranty
The Sealed Bid Method of Contract Formation Changes and Contract Interpretation
Forming Contracts by Negotiation Claims and the Disputes Process
Protests Terminations
Government Furnished Property Uniform Commercial Code
Funding and Financial Assistance of Contracts Recent Developments

Increase Your Understanding of

. Legislation pertinent to government contracting
. Basic contract principles
. How government contracts are formed
. The differences among various types of contracts
. The types of government property and rules relating to each
. How technical data is treated in government contracts

Improve Your Ability to

. Manage contract changes
. Address important labor, social, environmental, and economic concerns through the procurement process
. Follow the protest, dispute and appeals procedures
. Fund and finance government contracts
. Combat fraud, waste and abuse

Professor: Clark Adams, B.S.L., J.D.
Texts: Government Contract Law, Defense Acquisition University

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