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WebEd: Five Part Webinar Series - Federal Construction 101: What New Federal Contractors Should Know

September 24, 2020 - 2:00pm to October 15, 2020 - 3:30pm
Member Price: 
$395
Non-Member Price: 
$595

Descriptions:

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. 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 contract opportunities
  • Types of Contracts
  • Understanding the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
  • Staying in compliance during the course of construction
  • Working with Contracting Officers
  • Small Business Programs and Socioeconomic Policies
  • Identifying claims and giving proper notice
  • 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? 

Speakers:

Brian Wood
Partner
Smith Currie
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Parker Lewton
Associate
Smith Currie
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Kenny Simmons
Chief of Construction
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters

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.

Speakers:

Jake Scott
Of Counsel
Smith Currie
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Doug Tabeling
Partner
Smith Currie
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Jamey Sanders
Vice President
Chochtaw Transportation Company, Inc.

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. 

 Speakers:

Elysha Luken
Partner
Smith Currie
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Alex Gorelik
Associate
Smith Currie
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Dave Catlett
President and Founder
Trafero Solutions, Inc.

David Catlett is President and Founder of Trafero Solutions, Inc., a boutique social science research and business development consulting company based in Dallas, Texas. Trafero Solutions provides expertise in all areas of organization growth and program execution.

Dave has 20+ years of industry leadership experience, both as a business owner of privately-held companies and as a business executive in progressively higher levels of responsibility. While at L-3 Communications, a Fortune 500 company, Dave served as their Director of Marketing, Senior Director of Marketing Research and Strategy, and as Vice President of Advanced Programs. Prior to working in industry, Dave had a 22-year career as a non-commissioned officer in the US Air Force. He specialized in the communications-electronics field and served in numerous domestic and international assignments, to include England, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Iceland. Dave retired as a Chief Master Sergeant – highest enlisted grade in the US Air Force.  

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Session Four: Contract Performance and Modifications
After the contract is won and construction starts, the contractor needs to understand the contracting officer's authority, the payment process, notice requirements for contract adjustments, the recovery available (and not available) for delays and disruptions, and the process for managing potential defaults and terminations.   

Speakers:

Doug Tabeling
Partner
Smith Currie
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Karissa Fox
Associate
Smith Currie
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Ron Stuff
Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Sundt
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Session Five: Nearing the Finish Line: Project Closeout and Addressing and Resolving REAs and Claims

This session takes us to the end of the project and beyond. We will address project closeout and give an overview of the process of managing, submitting, and resolving REAs and claims, providing helpful tips on best practices and potential pitfalls. 

Speakers:


Scott Walters
Partner
Smith Currie
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Sarah Carson
Partner
Smith Currie
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Gregory L. Fordham, CPA
Celestial Defense Inc
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Mona Carlson
Contracts Manager
Nova Group, Inc.


 

WebEd Recording: 

Everyone who registers for an AGC WebEd will receive a link with access to the audio recording and the presentation.

Technology Requirements: 

AGC of America uses Go-To-Meetings to conduct WebEd. You will not incur any cost for using the platform. However, if you have not used this platform previously, please test your computer prior to the WebEd. You may be required to download software, i.e., Java and may need administrative rights to your computer. For computer specifications, please visit https://www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/online-meeting-support(link is external)  or contact meetings@agc.org(link sends e-mail)

AGC of America WebEd Cancellation & Refund Policy: 

If you will not be able to attend an AGC of America WebEd program for which you have already registered, you may qualify for a refund of your registration fee or be able to substitute another employee within your organization. If you cancel your registration at least ten (10) days prior to the webinar, AGC of America will provide a full refund. No refund will be provided if you do not meet this deadline, however you may transfer your registration to another employee within your organization.

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