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Federal Architect-Engineer Contracting (CON 243) Course

Available Modalities:

  • e-Training
  • Public Classroom
  • On Site
  • Virtual Classroom
Delivery Method PDU Total Technical PMP/PgMp Leadership Strategy PMI RMP PMI SP PMI ACP PfMP PMI PBA
Instructor-Led Training 35 0 0 35 0 0 0 0 0
Delivery Method Instructor-Led Training
PDU Total 35
Technical PMP/PgMp 0
Leadership 0
Strategy 35
PfMP 0
  • CEUs: 3.5
  • CPE: 42
  • Field of Study: Management Advisory Services

In this course, you will learn the basics of managing Federal Architect-Engineer contracts. Whether you are the a government employee working with these contracts or a private industry contractor looking to break into the government contracts market, Federal Architect-Engineer Contracting offers an overview of many of the issues related to these very specific types of government contracts. Topics include acquisition planning, source selection, proposal analysis, contract award and work, and contract management. The course will delve into topics such as the Brooks Act and its implications, relevant FAR clauses and prescriptions that regulate Federal Architect-Engineer contracts, working with advertisements and RFPs, the roles and responsibilities of the government’s Contracting Officer or Contracting Officer’s representative, and more. Case studies and exercises are incorporated throughout the course to reinforce the knowledge and functional application of the topics covered.

  • Determine the applicability of the Brooks Act procedures in selecting an architect-engineer firm
  • Negotiate, award, manage, and administer a resultant A-E contract, satisfying government mission requirements 
  • Successfully comply with laws, regulations, guidance, and business decisions

This course uses digital materials.

  • A-E Contracting Overview
    • History of Government A-E Contracting
    • The Brooks Act
    • A-E Contracting Laws and Regulations
    • Defining A-E Services
    • Architect-Engineer Firms
    • A-E Contracting Team Members
    • Competition in A-E Contracting
    • Three Design Methods
    • The 15-Step A-E Contracting Process
  • Project Initiation and Advertising
    • Requirements Identified
    • Advertisement
    • Methods of Advertising
    • Requirements for Public Display
    • Response Times
    • Set-Asides
    • Small Business Designations
    • Elements of Advertisements
    • Evaluation Criteria
    • DFARS Supplement Information and Secondary Factors
    • Project-Specific Criteria
    • Limiting A-E Firm Information in Proposals
  • Performance Work Statement
    • Performance Work Statement Elements
    • Writing the Performance Work Statement
    • Data Sources for PWS
    • Environmental Considerations
    • Executive Order 13423
    • Federal Leadership Memo
    • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
    • Comprehensive Procurements Guidelines
    • LEED
    • Indefinite Delivery Contracts
    • IDIQ Contracts
    • Options
  • Selection Procedures
    • Qualifications Statement Received
    • SF 330 Qualifications
    • Evaluation Board Meets
    • Review and Evaluate
    • Interviews
    • Ranking the A-E Firms
    • Reports Prepared and Approved
    • Selection Authority
    • Short Selection Process
    • Release of Information
    • Debriefings
    • Information Prohibited from Release
  • Cost Principles
    • Cost Principles in A-E Contracting
    • Government Contracts Cost Processes
    • Cost and Pricing Data Requirements
    • Allowable Costs
    • Direct and Indirect Costs
    • G&A vs. Overhead
    • Examples of Indirect Costs
    • Recovering Indirect Costs
    • Calculating the Indirect Rate
    • Applying the Indirect Rate
  • Government Estimate and RFP
    • Government Estimate Prepared
    • Government Estimates : Details & Timing
    • Elements of Government Estimate
    • Sources for Preparing an Estimate
    • Developing the Government Estimate
    • Non-Government Sources for Estimating
    • FAR-Structure Approach to Estimating
    • Alternative Structures for the Estimate
    • The Fee in A-E Contracting
    • Six-Percent Fee Limitation
    • ECC and the Six-Percent Limitation
    • Fee Limitations
    • Confidentiality and Options
    • Request for Proposal (RFP)
    • Receipt/Review of Proposal
    • Comparing Proposals Against Estimates
    • Resolving Price Differences
    • DCAA Audit Requirements
  • Negotiation
    • Negotiation Objectives Established
    • Negotiation Preparation
    • Negotiation Agendas
    • Reaching a Final Agreement
    • Price Negotiation Memorandum
    • FPR & Negotiations Terminated
    • Contract Award
    • Congressional Notification
  • Quality Management
    • Ensuring Quality in A-E Contracts
    • Quality Management Systems: Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 9000
    • Personnel with Quality Responsibilities
    • Causes of Poor Quality
    • Quality Assurance Actions
    • Contractor Quality Control
    • Methods for Coordinated Review: Overlays, Checklists, REDICHECK and Computer-Aided Drafting
  • A-E Contract Clauses
    • FAR clauses and the A-E contracting process
    • Payments under fixed-price A-E contracts
    • Design within funding limitations
    • Responsibility of the A-E contractor
    • A-E liability
    • Work oversight in A-E contracts
    • Requirements of registration of designers
    • Subcontractors and outside associates and consultants
    • Termination
    • Rights in data – special works
  • A-E Contract Management and Administration
    • Contracting Officer and Representative
    • Performance evaluations
    • Performance rating and distribution
    • Contract administration
    • Modifications and the 6% fee limitation
    • Lost design
    •  Service Contract Act
    • Contract closeout