Basic Contracting Series I (Full Series)  
Location: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Address: 1800 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia 22102
Start Date: Monday, October 15, 2012
End Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Time: 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Contact: Jean Marceau Lohier


NCMA Tysons is pleased to offer our Basic Contracting Series (BCS) I beginning October 15, 2012.  Series I includes eight (8) courses covering different aspects of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Contract Management tools and techniques.  Participants will gain knowledge that is directly applicable to their career in Government Contracting and for each class completed; students earn a certificate for 2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) points they can use to assist them in obtaining or re-certifying for NCMA’s Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM), Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) or Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) credentials. 

BCS I will be hosted at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in McLean, VA.

The classes are 2 hours in duration and taught by volunteers who are considered expert in their field.  Participants can sign up for an entire Series or mix and match any of the eight (8) classes offered below.


Individual classes are $50.00 each (NCMA member), $60.00 (non-member).  An entire series is priced at $375.00 (member), $455 (non-member).

To register for any of the Basic Contracting Courses please go to the Training Tab on the website and click on "Scheduled Training" or click on the class below. To register for an entire series of classes go to the Training Tab on the website and click on "Scheduled Training" and select the FULL SERIES event. 

Please note that all instructors are volunteers, and that due to unpredictable work schedules we may on occasion use an alternative instructor. 

Refunds are only given if requested no later than 72 hours before scheduled class time.  


If you have other questions about the course or the facility please contact Jean Marceau Lohier at 


PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Monday, October 15th – Overview and Introduction to Major Contract Types (Tom Ringwood) – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 

The audience will be introduced to the various federal and commercial contract types (Cost Reimbursement and Fixed Price). Components of common agreements (e.g., NDA, TA Subcontract and Joint Venture agreements) will be introduced.

Monday, October 22nd – Solicitations: Buyers vs. Sellers (Ron Falcone and Pete Tuttle) – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 

A general overview of the federal solicitation process, Common mistakes, tips.

Monday, October 29th - FAR Part 15 Negotiated Procurement Process (Stuart Turner) – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 

FAR Part 15 defines the procedures for “negotiated acquisitions”. Modern procurements focus on “best value” to the Government, not simply lowest price – Part 15 explains how to get it.

Monday, November 5th – Cost and Pricing of Federal Contracts (Mark Hoffman) – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

An Introduction to the Principles of Cost Proposals for Government Contracts, with Emphasis on Competitive Pricing versus Proposals Based on Estimated Costs.

Monday, November 12th – Contract Administration (David Black and Oliya Zamaray) PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Key concepts of contract administration will be discussed (e.g., key players, authority to bind, contract interpretation, Contract Admin. Duties, Acceptance, Warranties, Payment, Funding, Financing, Changes, terminations, Disputes, Past Performance and Subcontract Administration.

Monday, November 26th – Procurement Integrity (Tom Brownell) – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Government business shall be conducted in a manner above reproach and, except as authorized by statute or regulation, with complete impartiality and with preferential treatment for none.

Monday, December 3rd - GSA Schedules (Ed Rinkavage) – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

The following questions will be answered:  What is a “Schedule?”, Who awards a “Schedule?”, Who can purchase goods and services?, What is the history of the “Schedule” program? How do you obtain a “Schedule(the proposal, pricing, negotiations, protests, Advantage, BPAs, Audits, Contract Admin.)?”

Tuesday, December 11th – Key Risks in Federal Contracting (Tom Petruska) – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)  

This course will cover the following topics: False Claims Act, Key Risks during Procurement and Contract Formation, Key Risks during Performance and Contract Administration

Continental Breakfast and Coffee will be provided.
Registration:  7:00 AM
Instruction: 7:30 – 9:30 AM


      PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
      Conference Room 11103
      1800 Tysons Boulevard
      McLean, VA  22102

      Parking will be validated!

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