Course Description

While the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) can be an intimidating document, understanding how to navigate and interpret this document is important if you are intent on competing in the federal arena. 

The FAR is the rule book written for and used by federal agencies when planning, developing, soliciting, awarding, administering and ultimately closing out of contracts.  Although not written for you, the FAR guides and directs federal agencies in performance of their duties which will clearly affect you as a competitor or contractor.   

The central focus of this course is to explore key FAR parts so you may better understand and appreciate how they may affect you during competitive and performance phases of an acquisition.  

In addition, it may surprise you to learn the FAR is not the single-most document used by the federal acquisition workforce during the procurement process. You will learn about other documents used in conjunction with the FAR and the role they play in the solicitation, award and performance of a contract.     

What you will learn in this course:

  • How the FAR is organized and how it is used by the federal acquisition workforce

  • Terms and definitions and available resources to increase your knowledge of federal contacting 

  • The effect specific FAR parts have on competing and being awarded a contract

  • How to navigate the FAR to find elusive information

  • The value of other information not found in FAR and how it is used in conjunction with the FAR

  • How to research the FAR 

Bennie Gonzales

Bennie Gonzales has over 35 years of procurement experience working as a Contracting Officer at Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base and later at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where he served as the Acquisition Manager for the Special Nuclear Materials Laboratory project.   He currently trains and instructs DoD and civilian agency Contracting Officers enrolled in Level I, II and III Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) programs as well Contracting Officer's Representative (FAC-COR) certification program and provides consulting services to small business firms in the area of acquisition, contract administration and/or proposal development. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Gonzales: Placed and administered the Department of Energy’s single largest cost-plus-award-fee subcontract for support services, a 1.5 billion dollar procurementDeveloped an Acquisition Career Management Program; the first formal training program for procurement professionals at Los Alamos National Laboratory which was recognized and accredited by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU)Established the first ever HUB-Zone certification program and LANL’s Outreach/Inreach Small Business ProgramAuthored a proposal preparation guide entitled: A Guide to Developing Winning Proposals

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Slides

    • Chapter 1 Slides: Definitions

    • Chapter 2 Slides: What is the FAR?

    • Chapter 3 Slides: Applicability

    • Chapter 4 Slides: Structure and Content

    • Chapter 5 Slides: Researching the FAR

  • 2

    Additional Resources

    • Chapter 1 Additional Resources

    • Chapter 2 Additional Resources

    • Chapter 3 Additional Resources

    • Chapter 4 Additional Resources

    • Chapter 5 Additional Resources

  • 3

    Course Lectures

    • Course Introduction

    • Chapter 1 Video Lecture: Definitions

    • Chapter 2 Video Lecture: What is the FAR?

    • Chapter 3 Video Lecture: Applicability

    • Chapter 4 Video Lecture: Structure and Content

    • Chapter 5 Video Lecture: Researching the FAR

    • Quiz - Introduction to the Federal Acquisition Regulation

Reviews

5 star rating

Fantastic introduction into the FAR!

Tina Taylor, PTAC Counselor

This course is a fantastic introduction into the FAR and increases the viewers awareness that the FAR is not all inclusive of every rule and regulation in go...

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This course is a fantastic introduction into the FAR and increases the viewers awareness that the FAR is not all inclusive of every rule and regulation in government contracting. Mr. Gonzales informs the viewer on how to find the supplements that go along with the FAR and offers many other golden nuggets of wisdom. I enjoyed the course and look forward to taking others!

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